“For me, I’m just learning how to snap out of it and remain positive at all times,” Winslow said prior to the Heat’s preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. “I still have my moments, I still have my days. My family can speak to that, as well. But for me, it’s about the awareness I have now.
“I think the biggest thing is I recognize it more myself, where before I kind of just went down that hole without even knowing. So my ability to recognize it has come a long way, but it’s a daily battle. Those type of things, mental health doesn’t just go away.”
Though he wasn’t clinically diagnosed with depression, Winslow had struggled with negativity as he went through difficult times as an NBA player. But the 23-year old revealed previously that he made it a point to enjoy the smaller things in life and worry less about things happening right for him.
Besides, he is currently aware that he’s not alone in dealing with the mental health problems that have plagued many athletes. NBA stars Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan have been vocal about their own issues with the disorder as well.
“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 explained. “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.”
Now he wants to share his struggles so that others can benefit from his pain.
“I know there are people dealing with things every day that they go in and out between positive and negative,” Winslow added. “For me, I just shared my story. Not because I’m super comfortable with it. I’m still not very comfortable talking about it. But I do it because I know it benefits other people. … Just by me talking about, it gives them that faith and that hope and that understanding that they’re not alone.”