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PGHS Senior Talks About Mental Health

The Realities of Mental Health - A Student’s Perspective - Presented by PGHS Senior, Sarah Pennington S.Pennington

 Sarah Pennington, Senior at Pottsgrove High School, will be presenting “The Realities of Mental Health - A Student’s Perspective” on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Sarah will be sharing about her own struggles with depression, anxiety, the hair loss disorder (Trichotillomania), and how she works through these disorders to be a successful student and person.

Most recently, Sarah was selected as the Freedom Forge’s Outstanding Teen. In this role, she works to inspire young people to overcome what they are struggling with and to help them be successful with what they want to do in life.  


Ms. Pennington also visited Washington D.C. in June to be honored by Congressman Ryan Costello for her work in mental health and to lobby for mental health funding. 


State Legislator Thomas Quigley invited Sarah to participate in the Healthy Lifestyles Expo in Pottstown, PA. At this fair, she hosted a table entitled, “Show Your Hero” to showcase the non-profit that Sarah is planning on starting to support teens with mental health disorders. She is hoping a local law firm will support her mission by providing pro bono work to complete her non-profit legal paperwork. S.Pennington


Sarah has been accepted to several universities and is reviewing the offers to pursue plans on a career making motion pictures. Sarah shares, “I want to go into cinematography to create videos that inspire people.” In closing, Sarah shared that she is excited about presenting to the students of Pottsgrove High School, “I want the student body to understand that mental health is just as important as physical health and that there is an outlet to get the help that they need.” 


Listed below are the times for her presentations:

Period 2 - 8:27 a.m.                 12th Grade

Period 3 - 9:21 a.m.                 11th Grade

Period 6 - 12:33 p.m.               10th Grade

Period 7 - 1:27 p.m.                 9th Grade