Olympian Speaks on Mental Illness
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 22, 2018
An event this evening will shed light on the stigma of mental illness.
Former Olympic athlete Amy Gamble will be the featured speaker at a presentation at the Park County Library in Cody, titled “An Olympian’s Journey with Mental Illness.” Gamble will be speaking about her battle with bipolar disorder.
Gamble was on the women’s handball team in the 1988 Olympics at the age of 23 – but her battle with depression and bipolar disorder began in college. However, her disorder did not keep her from achieving greatness; and she told KODI News that her experience shows that the same outcome can be had for others who suffer from mental illness – if they get help.
Gamble says one out of every five people in the United States suffers from some sort of mental illness, which affects families and others with whom they interact. Her book, “Bipolar Disorder – My Biggest Competitor,” gives hope to others who are suffering from an illness that is just as real as other medical conditions.
Gamble is currently the director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter in Greater Wheeling, Virginia. Her presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grizzly Room at the library in Cody.