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‘Grove Grad’s Courageous Story Goes National

Sarah Pennington (at top) and her psychiatric service dog, Daisy

NEW YORK NY – Pottsgrove High School graduate Sarah Pennington, whose story of her battle against a psychological disorder continues to foster greater understanding of mental illness among fellow teens, was interviewed and warmly received Thursday morning (Dec. 14, 2017) during the nationally broadcast NBC News’ “Megyn Kelly TODAY” program.

Pennington, 19, and now attending college, also serves as Miss Maryland USA Ambassador. She was Kelly’s guest for one of a series of stories that focus on Stressed Out Teens. Pennington explained, as she has to many audiences at Pottsgrove and elsewhere, how she is successfully dealing with trichotillomania, a body-focused repetitive behavior that compelled her to pull out her own hair.

She and Kelly talked at length about the condition, which began at age 11; how it progressed and was finally diagnosed, and the steps she initiated to adapt to the problem. Pennington urged others dealing with disorders to seek help, and discussed her desire to create a non-profit that empowers and advocates for young people who need assistance coping with psychological illnesses.

“Thank you for being so brave and sharing your story,” Kelly told Pennington, and congratulated her for helping raise awareness of and overcoming the stigmas associated with mental illness.

Photo and video from NBC News’ Megyn Kelly TODAY

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