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Dawson student works with veterans to launch teen mental health program


December 4, 2019

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Dawson senior Spencer Sampliner developed a teen mental health program after working with veterans.

During a recent summer job, Dawson senior Spencer Sampliner encountered and was moved by the stories of veterans and mental health issues brought on by high-stress battle situations. He then made an important connection: Extensive research has been conducted on how best to treat the troubling symptoms created by extreme stress, anxiety, and depression -- the very same symptoms which lie at the heart of the current teenage mental health crisis.

Sampliner also recognized that, in the same way the veterans' stories had an impact on him, that this might be an avenue to open up conversations abo...

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