“I questioned whether I wanted to be alive anymore,” he said in a video on his Twitter page.
Phelps took a break from his mostly swim-centric Twitter feed to announce his partnership with Talkspace, an online therapy company, citing his own periods of depression.
If you’re an avid listener of podcasts, chances are you’ve heard of Talkspace. A public endorsement for this, or any kind of mental health help from an athlete of Phelps’ prominence is significant.
The world knows me as a 28-time medalist. But for me, sometimes my greatest accomplishment was getting out of bed. When depression hits, it can become debilitating and feel like nothing really matters. That’s why I’ve joined forces with @Talkspace –– to remind you that you don’t pic.twitter.com/BliWPVupE9
(Cont) have to wait for things to get worse. If you’re struggling, I encourage you to get help. Working with a therapist was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I believe it can help you too. #ad
Phelps isn’t the only athlete with Maryland ties openly discussing mental health in the past week. Former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. posted a column on NFL.com last Tuesday to discuss his own career-long struggles with depression. At the tail of his piece, he also urged anyone dealing with mental illness to seek out therapy as well.