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Kevin Love commits $500k to UCLA mental health effort

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The former Bruin is continuing his push towards mental health awareness

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Kevin Love’s much publicized fight to raise mental health awareness hit a new high this week as he announced a pledge of $500,000 through his foundation here at UCLA. His foundation, routed from the UCLA psychology department helps work in diagnosing, preventing, treating and destigmatizing anxiety and depression.

Love famouls has been outspoken on his own personal fight, coming to a public head in 2018. Since then, he’s done nothing but help spread awareness and fight the battles for those who feel oppressed or scared to divulge such information such as anxiety or depression.

His $500k donation comes just a day after he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this past weekend’s ESPYs.

“I hope one day we are able to erase the stigma around anxiety and depression, and we can only do that by improving diagnosis and treatment, fostering public conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it,” Love was quoted.

He credits DeMar DeRozan as the strength to come forward publically with his fight as DeRozan has also fought depression in his life.

The UCLA psychology department accepted the gift with a message from Michelle Craske, a professor in psychology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences.

“When heroes like Kevin come forward and share their vulnerability, it shines a light on anxiety and depression, and that helps chip away at stigma. I want to thank Kevin for his leadership and his courage to share his personal story with the world. He has inspired and provided hope to many. Through his continued efforts, he is changing people’s lives.”

We share that sentiment, we thank you Kevin, for all that you do, have done and will do in the future.