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My Run From Anxiety

About Me:

Year: Senior

Team: Field Hockey

Position: Defense

Is your team doing a mental health game or event? When?

Yes, October 19th at 7pm against LIU Brooklyn

My Story:

Mental health has always been an important part of my life, as it should be in anyone’s. It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I really started to get in tune with my mental health. As a Division I Athlete, you think that everyone around you is in the best physical and mental shape of their lives, and while that may be true, you never know what’s really going on in someone’s head unless you reach out and ask.

Going into my freshman year, what really got me worked up was run testing. For Field Hockey, we have 3 different run tests and just thinking about them used to give me anxiety attacks. I had my own ways of coping with that and it wasn’t until I started talking to Devan and other athletes that I realized there were others who were struggling too.

Field Hockey Inaugural Mental Health Game 2017

When Devan asked me to join Heart to Heart; it opened up a whole new world not only for me but for other student athletes. For my team specifically, it has made us closer than we’ve ever been because more people have come forward about their struggles which makes it a friendlier team environment where you don’t have to hide what’s really going on. And yes, some people’s struggles are more strenuous than others and may take a bigger toll on them, but knowing that we are all experiencing similar situations in a way is comforting.

"The great thing about it is that it let other student athletes know that if they are ever struggling mentally, they are not alone and there are people there to support them."

Mental health is an important topic not only for student athletes but for everyone. The firm that I worked for this summer really enforces taking full weeks off instead of just a few days here or there so that your brain and mind can fully heal and take the break that it needs.

Knowing that a firm that I may potentially work for cares about their employee’s mental health is something really special and is becoming more and more common. Not only that but being a part of a University AND a firm that takes its students and employees mental health seriously is amazing.

Mental health is not a negative attribute, it is something that makes a person stronger. It is not a set-back, it’s something that helps you realize that it’s time to take a step-forward. I’m both happy and proud to be a part of the movement that is on its way to SHUtDownTheStigma of mental health.

By Gabbie Volpetti - Senior Field Hockey Player



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