RMU Director of Hockey Operations, Liam Cavanagh hosts mental health awareness panel | RMUsentrymedia.com

Mental health is a topic that’s gaining traction at all levels. More and more colleges and universities seem to be trying to gain an understanding of the issues.

In this particular forum, Robert Morris University Director of Hockey Operations, Liam Cavanagh, hosted a panel discussion on this very important topic.

MOON TOWNSHIP — On Thursday night Robert Morris University women’s hockey’s director of operations, Liam Cavanagh, hosted a panel on mental health awareness in Yorktown Hall ahead of Friday’s game against RIT. Players from the women’s hockey team, along with other student-athletes, were in attendance at the event. The panel included three guest speakers. The guest speakers were Tyler Kennedy, former NHL forward who won the 2009 Stanley Cup with the Penguins, Jessica Gazzola, former forward for the RMU women’s hockey team and Ashley McCombs, an adjunct faculty member at RMU. McCombs also practices counseling at “My Life Counseling” in Mt. Lebanon.

The event started with a few videos highlighting the seriousness of mental health awareness, and then Cavanagh recounted his battles with mental health and how he has overcome them. He said that even though one may have a good life, your mental health can still be affected, Cavanagh also hosts a mental health awareness podcast called “Never Give Up.”

Cavanagh has told his story at schools and other locations and is happy to see the changes. “I think it’s always awesome to work with student-athletes,” said Cavanagh. “To see the changes all around and in this room, it’s really inspiring.”

Cavanagh loves to go around recounting his story to schools and other places to help people as he goes around. “It’s so nice to be able to have people reach out to me after my presentations,” said Cavanagh. “To know that I am helping someone is the most important thing to me.”

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