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Michael Phelps Discusses Difficult Mental Health Journey with Jay Glazer


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LOS ANGELES, November 16, 2022 - Today on “Unbreakable with Jay Glazer: A Mental Health Podcast,” an iHeartRadio original podcast, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps candidly discussed his mental health challenges, including nearly taking his life, and how he continues to work toward mental wellness.

Below is a highlight from the conversation, and the full interview can be accessed HERE.

Glazer: “Give me your ‘Unbreakable’ moment.”
Phelps: “It’s probably the moment of not wanting to be alive. I was prescribed Ambien from three different doctors monthly. I was happy I only had three pills left. It was the night of my DUI, my second one, I was like, ‘I'm just gonna take the rest of these and I hope I don't wake up.’ I woke up, and for three days, I basically didn't leave my room. I didn't eat, I didn't drink anything, I just sat there. I was just being. I was just like, fuck this, I gotta change. How can I change? At that very moment, like yeah, I could have been snapped in half, but that’s not who I am. Like I always think like everything happens for a reason and those moments are put in our life for that challenge, and you know those are the moments that that give me the opportunity to be who I am today. And I think that's the proudest thing that I could ever look at. It's like we gotta think about the shit that we've gone through, and the hard stuff we’ve gone through. We always have to remember that.”

About Unbreakable with Jay Glazer: A Mental Health Podcast

Unbreakable with Jay Glazer: A Mental Health Podcast is an extension of Jay Glazer’s widely-acclaimed, best-selling book “Unbreakable.” The podcast features Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer as he shares his personal mental health journey with the audience, including the tools and techniques he’s developed to “live in the gray” – his term for living and thriving with anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Welcoming mental health experts, athletes, coaches, and others, Glazer and his special guests discuss tips for maintaining an unbreakable mindset and overcoming any obstacle to succeed despite living in the gray. New episodes are posted on Wednesdays, with frequent check-ins where Glazer updates listeners as he navigates the path to mental wellness.

“Unbreakable with Jay Glazer: A Mental Health Podcast” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and is available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. Visit to download iHeartRadio and listen to on your favorite device.