Michael Phelps is known as an all-American athletic superstar. Although he’s had a couple of stumbles along the way, Phelps eventually went on to compete in five Olympics in which he brought home a whopping 28 medals – only five of them were not gold medals.
Although most people might not know about Michael Phelps’ former struggles with mental health, the now-retired Olympic swimmer has admitted that he experienced problems with alcoholism and depression, if not other mental health disorders in conjunction with the aforementioned two. He’s quoted as saying, “I hadn’t left my room for five days. I questioned whether I wanted to be alive anymore.”
Many people feel ashamed because of their mental health issues, even if only mild manifestations of them rear their ugly heads for nothing more than a few weeks. To realize that none other than Michael Phelps struggled with serious mental health disorders makes us realize that suffering from such issues is normal and certainly not something to be ashamed of.
To help people who are in the lonely, depressed shoes Michael Phelps used to wear, the Olympic swimmer has teamed up with Talkspace to both share his story and bring awareness of the helpful, ground-breaking technology with the world.
Talkspace was created as a collaboration between married couple Roni and Oren Frank on June 1, 2012. Headquartered in the Big Apple – New York City, New York – the company is led by CEO Oren Frank, advised by Dr. Irvin D. Yalom – a psychotherapist with a medical degree under his belt who is most widely known for his post as professor emeritus of psychiatry at the world-class Stanford University – and assisted operationally by Mr. Neil Leibowitz, Talkspace’s chief medical officer whose position is backed up by two of the world’s most coveted professional degrees – a Juris Doctor and a medical degree.
The company is known for providing unlimited contact with any of its many mental health professionals for just $79 per week of enrollment – that’s far cheaper than what a vast majority of reputable, traditional counselors and therapists charge their clients.