McLean Hospital’s Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council (WHMLC) recently hosted Olympic runner and award-winning actor and writer Alexi Pappas for a virtual conversation around mental health.
More than 150 invited guests tuned in to hear Pappas share her experience of clinical depression following a stellar and record-breaking performance in the 10,000-meter race at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, where she competed as a member of the Greek track and field team.
“Alexi represents a new generation of people who proudly and openly discuss their mental health,” said Carroll Pierce, co-chair of the WMHLC. “She is an exuberant soul…who thinks big and pushes us to do the same.”
Pappas recently published her memoir “Bravey,” a collection of personal and candid vignettes on topics ranging from goal setting to the power of language, and from embracing pain to the hard work of recovering from severe depression.