Olympic great Michael Phelps was honored as Communicator of the Year at the PRWeek Awards U.S. on Thursday for his advocacy work on mental health issues.
In an interview with PRWeek editorial director Steve Barrett, Phelps describes how after becoming the most honored Olympian of all time, he learned to communicate about his mental health -- a step that may have saved his life.
In May 2018, Phelps took a bold, brave step as he used a global platform to publicly admit that “it’s OK to not be OK.”
Partnering with Talkspace, an online therapy platform, Phelps fully shared his personal experiences in TV advertisements and YouTube videos, which encouraged people to speak openly about mental health and demonstrated the unique benefits of Talkspace.
His name recognition added gravitas to mental health discussions. And Phelps is more than just a celebrity spokesman for Talkspace, as he joined its advisory board — and he approaches the role with the same zeal he put into his Olympic training.