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Hey Everyone, I'm back! I’ll be returning to the LEC for week 1 of Spring 2022 and wanted to share an update on where I've been over the last few months. Since the end of August - over Summer Finals and Worlds, I have been off work and social media while I focused on my mental health.

A little backstory for context: I have dedicated myself to the LEC since I started working at Riot in 2013 and as the show grew, the broadcast team expanded and so did my responsibilities. I have been on a non-stop grind, challenging myself to do more and take on more year after year. As my role developed and changed, so did my responsibilities and expectations and after so many years, combined with an extremely difficult couple of years complicated by Covid, I began to suffer from burnout which impacted my personal and professional life. A break was needed and at the end of August I sought out help from psychological professionals and enrolled in a comprehensive mental health program.

I’m happy to share that my time in therapy has been great. I’ve learned a lot about myself, developed new skills and have a deeper understanding of what I need to do for me, for my mental health and for me to perform at work and be the husband and doggo father I want to be at home. I have already returned to work and plan to put into practise all that I have learned feeling optimistic about the path that lies ahead.

This is the first time I’m allowing myself to be vulnerable on social media, and up until now I’ve consciously separated Quickshot from Trevor, always trying to portray an image of positivity and fun, but I intend to break down those barriers in the future. I’ve learned so much about how important mental health can be, and I want to be a little more open in discussing some of my learnings, and mental health topics in the future. I am continuing my therapy and feel comfortable sharing some of those stories at a later date for those that may want to hear them.

Thank you for your supportive messages, they meant more than I could explain and I’m excited to return to the show!

via his twitter

TL;DR: He was burned out from too much work and Covid around us, consulted psychological professionals, and is ready to rumble.

How it's goin', conspiracy theorists?

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Originally posted by TheDarkRyze

I'm so glad Quickshot (and Trevor) is back! I'm am also really surprised and hopeful for further discussion regarding Mental Health within the esports sphere, it is, like in almost every field, quite present and need to be openly talked about.

As a final note, Quickshot, if you are reading this I would just like to say that the Portuguese group that attended the LEC studios in Spring 2019 loves you and is supporting you. One of my favourite memories of League of Legends in general is the time that you asked us for a "portuguese saying" and started the broadcast using with "Não é tarde nem é cedo" because we were in the studio.

Much love from your fans in Portugal!

<3

Thank you all for the kind words and support <3

Originally posted by ultratea

Cool that he's so candid about what happened and why he's in therapy. Even though we (society in general) are getting better with handling mental health as an issue, there's still a lot of work to be done. It's good to see people with a platform speak candidly about it. I'm glad he's doing better now, too.

This was something I came to realise during my sessions. I wanted to be more open with myself, my friends and anyone who follows me. I have the fortunate ability to share my experiences with lots of people and its going to be healthy for me personally to share some things, and MAYBE push the needle a little in making it more of a topic that people feel comfortable discussing.

Originally posted by Sairoxin

Trevor1!

HAHAHAHA you deserve a medal :D I don't know how many people heard / remember that little worlds live mic. You brought an extra special smile to my face.

Originally posted by ferdinostalking

Grandpa Quickshot is 34, I want to sit on his lap and listen to stories from his youth, back in the medieval times

If you ever meet me at a show, show me your Reddit account, this comment, and it shall be done.