No More Labels on Mental Health: Marissa Stockman’s Story

“Being a college athlete takes a mental load on you,” Stockman said. “It’s time to put in a lot of extra stress. You do three or four hours of exercise a day along with being a full-time student. There’s a lot of stress that adds up when you’re a student-athlete that I think will affect anyone’s mental health.”

Stockman’s mental health is by far the best and is in remission. She gives credit for the treatment and services provided by Florida State University and its coaches.

“In many ways, volleyball saved my life,” Stockmann said.

Through her own experiences and growth, the chief psychologist hopes to help others in the future.

“I don’t want anyone to feel what I felt at those times. I don’t want one person to feel frustrated or lonely. I want people to know that there are others who feel the same way,” she added emphatically.

Stockman is looking forward to earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology or forensic psychology. She is passionate about helping teens or may want to be a guest advisor. She believes that many people who commit crimes have underlying mental health problems and do not receive the treatment they need.

Stockman is a prime example of courage and strength. Her story and experiences allowed her to empathize with others. Her journey is a reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health. She has a lot of sympathy, compassion and understanding for those who are struggling. These exceptional traits will allow her to influence others and effectively share her story as a lesson in perseverance.

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