I’m glad Michael came forward! He has such an influence on children and adults, the more he shares about the experience of mental illness, then harder we can knock down the stigma. Children will listen and will hear the message because Michael is a known athlete, gold medal winner no less. M
“I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love and, quite honestly, I just didn’t want to be alive.”
Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, but despite his incredible history as a swimmer he’s also had serious bouts with depression, anxiety and alcoholism.
“From time to time, I’ll have bad days where I do go into a depression state,” Phelps said. “Being an athlete, you’re supposed to be strong and be able to push through anything. My struggles carried on through my career and I hid them well. There are so many people who struggle from very similar things that I go through and still go through… At times, it was a…
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