Noah Lyles Returns to ACHS to Talk About Mental Health

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Olympic bronze medalist and Titan alumnus Noah Lyles returned to his alma mater Tuesday, Sept. 7 to speak to students about his journey and the importance of mental health. He also held an event in the evening for the community.

“Everybody needs mental health. When you start understanding your own mental health, you’ll also understand the world around you a lot better,” Lyles told students.

Students had the opportunity to ask Noah questions about his career, what drives him, and advice about going the extra mile. Noah emphasized the importance of creating a support system and leaning on those around him for mental and emotional encouragement, including seeing a therapist to help deal with his anxiety and depression.

“No one succeeds on their own,” Noah said. “It’s a team effort.”

“You also have to stop worrying about what others think about you to be able to be the truest version of yourself,” he added.

Noah’s mother and 10-time All-American track star Keisha Caine Bishop also participated in the Q&A with students, encouraging them to pursue the things that make them happy.

“If people see that you are willing to put in the work, someone will invest in you,” Bishop told students.

If you are experiencing a crisis or need to talk to someone, there are supports available for you in person, by phone, or by text. Reach out to your school’s Student Support Team (school counselor, social worker, or psychologist) and utilize the following resources: 

  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 85511
  • Crisis Link: 703-527-4077 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
  • Alexandria City 24-Hour Emergency Mental Health Services 703-746-3401
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital ER: 703-504-3066

Find more mental health resources for teens and young adults on the ACPS website.