BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In the weeks that have passed since the passing of James Madison softball player Lauren Bernett, the conversation of mental health has been driven to the forefront on college campuses across the country, including at Virginia Tech.

“Mental health, I probably struggle with it too,” softball head coach Pete D’Amour said.

D’Amour knows a thing or two about pressure. And he knows not to put too much of it on his players.

“When all this stuff went down at James Madison, I encouraged our teams to realize that the game — life is bigger than the game,” D’Amour said. “The word I’ve used a lot this year, even before what happened, is perspective. Got to put your life in perspective.”

Keely Rochard arguably faces the most pressure on the team as the Hokies’ go-to pitcher. But, heeding her coach’s advice, she’s also learned to put the game in perspective.

“Ultimately for me, if I give up a home run, I can’t bring it back, I just have to move on to the next thing,” Rochard said. “We lose a game, where are we going to eat? That’s just personally how I am.”

However, the senior realizes not everyone can easily separate softball from the rest of their lives.

“I have known people who do struggle with it. I think really ultimately, you just have to like try and navigate like,” Rochard said. “It is just a game but it’s easier said than done.”

The Hokies realize that at the end of the day, win or lose, there’s more to life than softball.

“We talk about as a team finding your identity kinda outside of softball too and not putting all your eggs in one basket within softball,” freshman pitcher Emma Lemley said. “Just trying to find your identity outside of softball, this isn’t the most important thing in the world. We try to focus on ourselves outside of the field.”