Olivia Lubarsky is Program Coordinator of the John W. Brick Foundation, a TEDx Speaker, and a member of Mental Health America’s Board Public Policy Committee and Ad-Hoc Committee on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice. She is a recent cum laude graduate of Towson University, where she was a prominent member of the NCAA Division 1 gymnastics team. Olivia was a stalwart voice for Towson Athletics as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President, a member of Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council and founder of Own Your Roar, a nationally recognized program to address mental health in the realm of athletics.
Olivia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentrated track in Legal Studies, and a minor in Psychology. Her experiences and observations as a collegiate gymnast inspired the creation of Own Your Roar — an initiative that unites mental health and athletics to utilize sport as the platform for awareness. Own Your Roar values mentorship and peer support as an alternative to clinical treatment, and aims to eradicate the “disconnect” between support and treatment for physical injury versus mental health. Own Your Roar has been replicated at multiple institutions, as well as valued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and propelled Olivia to deliver a TEDx talk titled “Perfectionism Paralyzes Potential”.
Olivia has served in Maryland’s Public Service Scholars Program and as a fellow for the Governor’s Internship Program where she was placed at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). During her time at MHEC, she assisted in the development and implementation of multiple opioid campaigns to address the statewide crisis. Olivia is driven by her passion for public service and strives to change the perspective around mental health to equalize education, perception, and treatment care for mental and physical health. She is excited to be working with the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation to promote healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercise and mind-body practices, as beneficial for mental health, especially since she has felt the benefits from her own experiences.