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High School Matters

Jun 13, 2021

Jen Halper went through high school and the majority of her childhood in chaos. Jen was with me in Chemistry during her junior year back in 2005. To describe her chaos in a few sentences of text would minimize the significance of her experiences. The main takeaway is that Jen is living proof that “there is always hope.” Jen is strong, resilient, vulnerable and impressively positive about her experiences. Her unique way of handling and reflecting on her struggle serves as a guide for anyone dealing with pain.


WARNING: Many of the topics in this episode are very intense. We will take an in-depth look at addiction, depression, and suicide. If you or someone you know are struggling with addiction or any other mental health issues, please know there is help.

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If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at