On today’s Hashtag show, we’ll be talking about DeMar DeRozan opening up about dealing with depression. By being candid about his troubles, DeRozan gave Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Washington Wizards guard Kelly Oubre Jr. the courage to come out about their own mental health issues.
“It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day… We all got feelings . . . all of that. Sometimes . . . it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”
– DeMar DeRozan
I’ll admit, I’m usually lacking in the empathy department when it comes to the troubles of rich people. I know, I know, it’s callous and cynical, regardless of what your financial station is, you’re not immune to losing loved ones to death or any of the other life challenges just about everyone deals with. And mental health is no exception.
Mental sickness, like any other ailment not only affects the person dealing with it, but everyone in their life, from family to co-workers. It’s easy to look at pro athletes as invincible in just about every way. In part, it comes with the territory of being a pro athlete, mental toughness is a given cornerstone necessity. That’s part of the intrigue of sports that fascinates spectators; watching people expected to succeed under intense pressure. Mental toughness is just “part of the game.” Unfortunately for these pro athletes, mental sickness doesn’t care if you have a game to win.
When you look at some of the statistics, it’s not hard to imagine that someone close to you (if you’re not going through it yourself) is dealing with a mental issue of some variety.
Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”)
By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15 – 24 yr olds and 16% among 25 – 44 yr olds.
DeMar DeRozan did a great and courageous thing by exposing his battles with depression.
If you or a loved one is dealing with mental health issues and are looking for help…
CAMH General Information – www.camh.ca – Toronto: 416-595-6111
Toll Free: 1-800-463-6273
(BTW, the Raptors are going to the NBA finals this year… just sayin’.)