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    Boston organization honors Olympian Michael Phelps for mental health advocacy

    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps poses for a portrait in San Jose, Calif. Phelps is picking up more hardware _ this time for what he's been doing outside the pool. The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more opportunities for the disabled, says the Olympic champion is the recipient of its fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The foundation tells The Associated Press it picked the world's most-decorated swimmer of all time to recognize his advocacy for people with disabilities and "his own journey with mental health." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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    Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is the recipient of the Ruderman Family Foundation’s fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The Boston-based foundation says it picked Phelps in recognition of his advocacy for people with disabilities and “his own journey with mental health.”

    Michael Phelps is picking up more hardware — this time for what he’s been doing outside the pool.

    The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more opportunities for the disabled, says the winner of 23 Olympic gold medals is the recipient of its fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion.

    The foundation said it picked the world’s most decorated swimmer of all time Tuesday to recognize his advocacy for people with disabilities and ‘‘his own journey with mental health.’’

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    Phelps, 33, has gone public about his struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide.

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    Since retiring from competition after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, he’s been working to help people overcome the dark chapters in their lives.

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