In an interview on the Today show on Thursday, Michael Phelps recalls his mental health struggles. At his lowest point, in October 2014, Phelps was so depressed he did not leave his room for several days and even contemplated suicidal.
He said “I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love and quite honestly, I just didn’t want to be alive, Then I finally realized that I can ask for help and it’s OK to not be OK and for me, that’s what changed my life.”
Michael Phelps is smiling more nowadays, as a married father of two and the recipient of a record 28 Olympic medals that make the retired swimming champion the most successful Olympian of all time.