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"Awareness on the topic of mental health has recently become more prevalent in my life within this past year and something that I’m currently working on improving. I just recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame where I was able to form countless relationships that I will be able to carry with me for a lifetime. With that being said the hardest decision that I made was to leave this community and transfer for my fifth year to Quinnipiac University to continue to pursue my hockey career and further my education. Though I am extremely excited for the new opportunity at Quinnipiac, this transition away from such a close community has been anything but easy, but my ability to be radically transparent with the people closest to me has allowed me to work through this transition smoothly.
I have learned it’s okay not to feel your best everyday, but taking those experiences and growing with them are what ultimately lead to a healthier life both mentally and physically. I encourage anyone who is currently struggling with mental health to practice this radical transparency with people closest to you, and you will find that you are not alone in this struggle. We are human, no one is perfect, and no one should feel the need to face their problems alone. Embrace the struggle as an opportunity to learn about yourself and others in order to form a better life for you and the people around you."
DYLAN ST. CYR
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY