Allison Schmitt hates public speaking. But the Olympic swimmer shared her story of battling depression in a packed auditorium Thursday night as part of National Childrenâ€™s Mental Health Awareness Day.
â€œI get sweaty hands; I feel like Iâ€™m going to throw up. I never want to speak in front of people,â€ said Schmitt, the eight-time Olympic medalist. â€œWhen it comes to mental health, I love it. A whole new me comes out. I think itâ€™s because Iâ€™m so passionate about it. I can speak from the heart and I really want to spread the word that itâ€™s OK not to be OK. I want to spread the message that itâ€™s OK to ask for help.â€
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