Michael Phelps is known for being the most decorated Olympian of all time, but the 33-year-old retired swimmer wants to be recognized for something else, too: his willingness to talk about his battle with depression.
This week, Phelps spoke out about dealing with depression at the Talkspace Conference: Mental Health & Young Americans. Phelps is a shareholder and advisory board member for Talkspace, the popular online counseling service.
“I have a chance to save a life, and that’s way bigger than ever winning any gold medals,” he said to the audience in New York City. Although six million American menexperience depression daily, so few guys rarely speak about their experiences. But Phelps wants everyone to know, “It’s OK to not be OK.”