Whistleblower says Olympic Committee needs to do more to address mental health

Whistleblower says Olympic Committee needs to do more to address mental health

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A former top medical official with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is making stark allegations about the organization’s handling of psychological health. Dr. Expense Moreau alleges he was release last May, partially in retaliation for his complaints about the concern, which previous Olympians like Michael Phelps have actually been outspoken about.

Moreau has actually because filed a lawsuit, saying he was wrongfully terminated.

Phelps says the USOPC needs to have done more to resolve psychological health, telling the Washington Post, “I do not understand of anything they have actually done to assist us psychological health-wise.” The athlete is siding with Moreau, a chiropractic doctor who worked inside the USOPC for 10 years. He gave his very first TV interview to CBS News.

” Michael Phelps is precisely ideal. And individuals require to start listening to what he’s saying about mental health,” Moreau stated.

He informed CBS News one reason he was fired, was retaliation for complaining about how the company deals with major mental illness.

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Dr. Jon LaPook consults with Dr. Bill Moreau.

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” You know, these Olympic and Paralympic professional athletes. They’re the children and daughters of the United States. We enjoy to say they resemble the individual next door. It’s because they are. They suffer from mental illness like everyone else,” Moreau stated.



He was alarmed at what he stated was the organization’s slow response to a professional athlete in crisis, Olympic medalist Kelly Catlin. In 2019, while on medical leave from biking, she took her own life.

” If you have self-destructive ideation, you require to be under the care of a psychiatrist,” Moreau stated.



But Moreau said the USOPC’s method has actually been better suited for a sports injury than a psychiatric emergency.

” We’re attempting to end up being experts in the management of major mental health disease. Which’s not what we do. If you have self-destructive ideation, you require to be under the care of a psychiatrist,” Moreau stated.

On March 8, 2019, Catlin took her own life. Her death stimulated Moreau to send out a memo to USOPC leadership about what he said was an ongoing issue. He states they attend to professional athlete mental health issues utilizing staff who are specialists in sports performance, not psychiatry. He said it’s “an unsafe pathway to follow.” But Moreau stated he got no action. Catlin’s father stated he does not know if more help from the Olympic Committee could have conserved Catlin’s life.

Olympic champ swimmer Allison Schmitt, who has fought depression for several years, tweeted that Catlin’s death “breaks my heart.” She said she’s still having a hard time and the USOPC is not providing her with appropriate psychological health support.

There’s lives out there that have actually been lost due to the fact that there’s no modification made and it’s extremely frustrating,” Schmitt said.



Moreau said the USOPC is still concentrated on cash and medals.



” They need to take that very same investment and put it into the defense of the professional athletes’ health and welfare,” he stated.

The USOPC did not react to demand for an interview. But it said in a letter to its professional athletes recently, “in the cases Bill Moreau utilizes as examples versus us, we acted properly, expeditiously and in the finest interest of the athletes.”