Phelps talks openly about depression, suicide ideation

No Comments
The most decorated Olympian of all time has been very candid in recent months about his mental and emotional state of mind since retiring.

In an open-hearted interview on NBC Dateline Phelps discusses his pain and emotional torment stating “I’ve probably had at least half a dozen depression spells that I’ve gone through – and the one in 2014, I didn’t want to be alive.”

Former AIS sports psychologist Jeff Bond said on Macquarie Sports Radio a lot more has to be done for our elite athletes. “We aren’t defined by what we do. We are defined by so much more.”

Former AFL player and current Gold Coast Suns Development Coach Shaun Hart said, “It’s a very real issue with more people in sports than you realise.” Shaun has founded ID Sports Australia which is seeking to tackle the issue head-on from a Christian world-view.

Find out more about ID Sports Australia here.