Olympians

Kendra Fisher

Former Goalie for the Canadian National Team

“Some people who don’t understand my story like to make assumptions about how I became this way — how I lost my Olympic dreams and nearly everything else I used to live for.”

“They’d say things like, Well, you were a goalie playing at an elite level — with all the stress and the pressure. That must be it.”

“Mental illness is still stigmatized. Many of those who are suffering would rather stay isolated than risk reaching out for help — or they simply don’t know how to begin to look for it.”

“People don’t know how to find the resources they need — or how to tread water until they can get to those resources. Most of all, people need to know that they don’t have to suffer alone.”

“We need to learn how to reach out and give someone a hug, or hold somebody’s hand, or just let others know that they know that mental illness is real, and that we’re not going to let them be alone with whatever thoughts are troubling them.”

“Everyone just needs that one person to be there for them….”

Article: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kendra-fisher-if-i-should-die

Photo: Eddy Wegrzyn/Eddy Wegrzyn

Michael Phelps

Olympic Swimmer

“But this is also why I’m opening up. I want to help others. And I want to hold myself accountable. There are a ton of people fighting the exact same thing. It doesn’t matter what you went through, where you’ve come from or what you want to be. Nothing can hold you back. You just need to learn the tricks that work for you and then stick with them, believe in them, to keep yourself from getting into a negative cycle.

“There’s nothing to hide from. Nothing to be afraid of. The fight is only against yourself. Think about that the next time somebody asks that simple question: ‘How are you?'”

Article: https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/29186389/michael-phelps-most-overwhelmed-ever-felt

Photo: Ronald Martinez | 2012 Getty Images

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