Coach Babe Kwasniak on winning the mental health battle by connecting with others

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Published Jul 6, 2021, 5:07 PM

As a state champion basketball coach, West Point Graduate, and Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, you would think Babe Kwaskniak’s success would mean a relatively worry-free existence. In reality, as with many others, he struggles with feelings of depression, mental health issues, and is a suicide attempt survivor. In this episode of the Relentlisly Resilient podcast, Coach Kwaskniak joins our hosts to discuss how opening up about this mental health journey has helped him reach others in the same dark place he was. He emphasizes the lesson of being honest about struggles and reaching out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help. He knows as we connect with others, sufferers can gain the support to fight, and win, the daily battles against the great opponent that is depression. 

Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at,, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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