By Sharon Robb
September 8, 2018—-Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will share his most intimate weakness on Sunday at 7 a.m. on radio station 102.7 FM, The Beach.
Along with a star-studded lineup of artists and celebrities, Phelps will take part in the “I’m Listening” broadcast dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.
Phelps is no stranger to stress, anxiety and depression. He will share his story in a candid, honest and eye-opening conversation about how he has struggled over the years and how in 2014 he began to seek help and discover tools to help him address his mental health concerns.
“There are so many people that go through the same exact things that I do,” Phelps said. “It makes me human. There have been a lot of bumpy points through my life. But that’s what makes me me.”
Phelps won 23 gold medals including eight in Beijing, six in Athens, five in Rio de Janeiro and four in London. While it seemed like Phelps was on top of the world, he had to deal with some very dark moments.
After years of battling depression, Phelps credits finally being able to talk about what he had been storing away as ultimately saving his life.
Phelps recently announced a partnership with Talkspace, which helps connect those in need with therapists through a computer, tablet or smartphone, to help to remove some of the stigma associated with mental health, especially for those who are reluctant to seek-out help in person or may not have the financial means.
Entercom is helping to raise awareness in mental health and suicide prevention with the two-hour live commercial-free broadcast as part of its multi-platform “I’m Listening” campaign.
The broadcast will air across all of the company’s stations nationwide Sunday at 7 a.m. and via their livestreams on Radio.com to mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week.
Listeners will have the opportunity to participate via a live call-in option and interactive website.
“I’m Listening” is one of our Signature Productions meant to save lives, while simultaneously creating awareness for this truly lethal silent threat,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “The number of people impacted by mental health issues is staggering. The effect it has on their lives, and lives of their friends and families is devastating. If we help save just one life or help remove the stigma around mental illness, our time will have been well spent. We can’t solve this issue during one program, but we can be part of a vast network working every day to help and serve those affected.”
The year-long campaign also includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and a dedicated website with information and resources to end the stigma around mental health discussions.
Other panelists and guests are Grammy winning singer Alessia Cara; Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder; singer songwriter Brantley Gilbert; Halestorm founder and singer Lzzy Hale; Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins; Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves; Dr. Chris Nowinski; singer Charlie Puth; pop star Bebe Rexha; former pro football player Barret Robbins; radio host BJ Shea; the band Shinedown; Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda; Stone Temple Pilots; Sugarland and psychologist Dr. Ursula Whiteside.
If someone you know is going through a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
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