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Heat’s Justise Winslow opens up about mental health issues

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Miami Heat swingman Justise Winslow is opening up about dealing with mental health issues.

In a one-hour documentary titled “HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports,” Winslow talked about his struggles with mental health last season.

The Heat forward is comfortable about sharing his story since he knows he’s not the only person who deals with it.

“When I started coming out and talking about it, there was a part of me that felt weak or felt vulnerable or didn’t feel that manly by doing that,” Winslow said in advance of Monday’s home preseason game against the Hawks, via the Miami Herald.

“But at this point, I’m comfortable with it because I know everyone deals with it. They might not be comfortable talking about it, and that’s OK. But I know a lot of people are dealing with the same emotional things.”

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan have previously opened up about their struggles with mental health and how more awareness needs to be brought to the subject.

Love and DeRozan’s bravery in talking about their illness started a movement. Shortly after the two All-Stars spoke about their individual struggles, Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams shared their own battles with mental health.

It’s never easy for anyone to come out and say they are dealing with mental health issues, especially athletes since they are in the public eye.

The Heat should be proud of Winslow for having the courage to talk about this sensitive subject.

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