John Wall details mental health struggles in Players’ Tribune article

John Wall is credited with visiting his mother in a dream afterwards She died of breast cancer in December 2019 For calling the former Washington Wizards star to seek treatment when he contemplated suicide over the following months. He hopes that sharing his story will encourage others struggling with depression to be strong enough to seek help.

Wal remembers vividly and Soul Filling Article for Players’ Tribune which was published on Thursday. “She looked me in the eye and said, ‘You have to keep working for your children. There is more to do on this earth.'”

Wall considered the dream “a sign from God.” With his world collapsing around him, he finally told a friend he needed help and started seeing a therapist. saved his life.

Wall of He signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in Julyfirst Open up about your mental health In a face-to-face interview at a charity event last month.

“The darkest place I’ve ever been,” Wall said in response to a question about what the past two and a half years had looked like. “I mean, at one point, I contemplated suicide. There was a time when I had to look for a therapist. A lot of people think: ‘I don’t need help. I can get over it at any time. But you have to be honest with yourself and figure out what’s best for you,’ And I did that.”

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Wall Expanded on those comments in Players’ Tribune An essay, describing in great detail a confluence of life events that made him feel as though suicide – which he admits is practically a taboo word in the society in which he grew up – was “the only option”.

The NBA star suffered five times Achilles injury in February 2019, forcing him to miss the entire 2019-20 season and costing him the “only sanctuary” he had ever known. His mother, Frances Anne Boley, Died 10 months later. Wall remembers calling his mother “six or seven times a day just to hear her voicemail” for the following days.

He writes about his mother: “My best friend is gone.” “I can’t play the game I like. Everyone just got their hands on it. Nobody checks me out for I. It always comes with something attached. Who is there to love me now? What is the point of being here? “

On top of all that, Wall became the subject of trade rumors. was finally handled by wizards1 pick in the 2010 draft, to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook in December 2020.

“The franchise that I sacrificed my blood, sweat, and tears to represent for 10 years has decided they want to move on,” Wall wrote. “I was devastated, I won’t lie. That was when I began debating – literally discussing – whether I wanted to continue, almost every night.”

Wall said he tried to calm his pain by partying, but that his dark thoughts would return when the party stopped and his friends went home, and one night he “came as close as I could to making the unfortunate decision and leaving this land.”

Wall said the therapy “slowly turned things around” for him. He still sees a therapist and has found a sense of peace and purpose in being a good father to his two young sons and carrying on his mother’s legacy. Wall hopes his story will be a lesson to others who might be reluctant to seek help, as it has for so long.

“I had to be the man of the house at nine,” writes Wall, whose father died of liver cancer. “So my entire mindset, no matter the situation, was always, ‘I don’t need anyone’s help. I will find the solution. I’ve experienced everything else, so why isn’t this happening? Being a product of your environment isn’t a bad thing. But I think it’s a blessing and a curse. Being a dog, unbreakable, you always have that chip on your shoulder — hey, you got that. I was that guy. But the day will come when you can’t do it on your own. And you must be strong enough that day to ask for help.”

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by writing to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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