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How former Toronto Raptors player DeMar DeRozan helped change the conversation about mental health

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Written by Jennifer Palisoc

In a Toronto Star opinion editorial, Dr. Mark Sinyor, psychiatrist, is applauding basketball star, DeMar DeRozan for raising awareness about mental illness.

“When DeRozan said he hoped that some people might look at him and see a person who has struggled with depression and who nevertheless lives a meaningful and successful life, to me it was even more exciting than a Game 7 buzzer beater,” Dr. Sinyor explains in the op-ed.

It was 2018 when DeRozan, then a Toronto Raptor, tweeted “This depression get the best of me.”

Dr. Sinyor explains that by DeRozan opening up about his struggle with depression, it inspired conversation to help address stigma around mental health, in particular, among men who are still facing stereotypes that seeking help is ‘weak.’

Dr. Sinyor says DeRozan’s game-changing tweet and openness “gave this city and its fans a gift beyond basketball.”

Read the full op-ed.

Learn why it is important to talk about men’s mental health.

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About the author

Jennifer Palisoc

Jennifer Palisoc is a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

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