The Players’ Tribune convenes Michelle Craske, Kevin Love & UCLA student-athletes to discuss mental health during the pandemic

December 7, 2020

UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Co-Director Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor) joined Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout Kevin Love for a discussion with UCLA student-athletes about mental health. The conversation was hosted by the Players Tribune. The student-athlete attendees included:

– Jake Cavano (UCLA Men’s Water Polo, Class of 2022)
– Anna Glenn (UCLA Gymnastics, Class of 2020)
– Lauryn Miller (UCLA Women’s Basketball, Class of 2020)
– James Norris (UCLA Men’s Volleyball, Class of 2021)

“Opening up allowed me to move forward.” Kevin Love continues his work in mental health advocacy by joining Professor of Psychology Dr. Michelle Craske and UCLA student-athletes in a discussion on mental health during the pandemic. (Credit: The Players’ Tribune)

Topics covered during the discussion included mental health issues experienced by student-athletes and strategies they are using to cope with the stress, anxiety, and depression tied to COVID-19 related closures and restrictions. The discussion also touched on topics including Love’s personal mental health journey, how different communities view and discuss mental health, and the importance of destigmatizing discussions about mental health. Michelle called attention to how acts of kindness can ease COVID-19 stress and recognized Kevin’s ongoing mental health advocacy as an example.

The advice that Michelle shared may be found in segments of the UCLA COVID-19 Care Package, available on the STAND Together during COVID-19 website.

The Players’ Tribune has posted a nine-minute excerpt of the discussion. UCLA will post the full interview soon.

Michelle Craske and Kevin Love have partnered to discuss mental health on several occasions. UCLA is grateful for Kevin’s generosity in establishing the Kevin Love Fund Centennial Chair in Psychology.

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