Search DubaiPRNetwork.com

Home >> Entertainment

Michael Phelps: ‘I didn't want to be alive'

Michael Phelps: ‘I didn't want to be alive'

Sunday, August 19, 2018/ Editor -  

Share

Home >> Entertainment
Dubai, UAE, August 19, 2018:  Olympian Michael Phelps sat down with CNN World Sport anchor, Patrick Snell to discuss his struggles with depression.
 
Phelps is working to raise awareness of depression and other mental health issues by telling others about his own journey. Phelps hopes to inspire others to openly speak about their struggles and help save lives.
 
Key quotes:
 
Michael Phelps tells CNN why he is speaking about his struggle with depression:
“I'd like to make a difference, I’d like to be able to save a life if I can. For me, that’s more important than winning a gold medal.”
 
Phelps on why it’s important for him to understand more about mental health:
'It’s ok to not be ok. I was able to do some pretty incredible things in the swimming pool and I struggled outside as well. There was a part of my life I didn't want to be alive. You know, two to three weeks ago I went through a pretty scary depression spell. This is something that's going to continue to happen in my life, but the more I can learn about myself and understand why I'm going through these things...it’s going to make my life better…and I can teach other people or help other people and that is something that’s so important to me and I’m very proud and honoured to be able to do.'
 
The swimmer credits his wife with helping him through his recent ordeal:
“[My wife] is my everything and my rock and helps me through everyday life. I definitely wouldn't be who I am without her. She was somebody who really helped me through my most recent time.”
 
Phelps’s advice to others struggling with mental health:
'Making sure that you are staying open and communicating. Being able to not shut down is something that’s so scary for a lot of people. It's a dark, dark road sometimes and you just want to make sure you are staying open.'
 
Phelps speaks about the stability offered by a therapist: 
“I didn't want to see a therapist in the beginning but once I did I found that I felt better and I was healthier, I was learning so much more about myself that I didn't know.”
 
The Olympian on how he is doing now:
'I do like who I am and I'm comfortable with who I am. I couldn't say that a few years ago. So I'm in a very good place and just living life one day at a time.'

Previous in Entertainment

Next in Entertainment


Home >> Entertainment Section

Latest Press Release

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Announces New Foreign Exchange Partnership ...

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture launches a comprehensive e ...

Tazio Nuvolari Vanderbilt Cup

Dubai Delivers on Tourist Volumes Again, With a Strong 8.36 Million Overnight Vi ...

Second Week of “Health & Tourism 2019” Campaign Witnesses Remarkable Participati ...

Dubai Tourism Partners With Ary to Invite Audiences to Discover the Emirate With ...

Aesop's Parsley Seed Skin Priming Regimen

The Nordic Hall of the Heros is Open for Business - Aston Martin Valkyrie and Va ...

Exceptional Playtime with Soundcore Vortex

Robinsons Showcases Malone Souliers' Stunning New Collection for Pre-Fall 19

Forecasting Mesmerising Sea Views and Exotic Seafood at Gonu

The future of photography and videography is in Canon's hands, with five 2019 EI ...

Saxo Bank completes acquisition of BinckBank

Corum Golden Bridge Titane DLC - black beauty for the man of style

Get 50 per cent off back-to-school essentials at Dragon Mart

Marks & Spencer Unveils Its Autumn 2019 Kidswear Collection

SriLankan Airlines welcomes free visa on arrival facility to 48 countries

GEMS Education students shine with excellent A-Level examination results

Hormann announces speed rolling shutter DD S6

Sandro: The Power Suit