Kent State student named Courage Award recipient

KENT, Ohio (WYTV) – Governor John Kasich named a Kent State University college freshman one of the recipients for the Courage Award at his State of the State address.

Nina Schubert put together a group on Kent State’s campus to help students cope with the same struggles she’s been dealing with since high school.

Schubert said she has struggled with bulimia, depression, anxiety, self-harm, borderline personality disorder and suicidal thoughts.

It was Nina Schubert’s freshman year in high school when she says she noticed she was going down a toxic a path but she didn’t try to change until a friend pulled her aside and asked her to seek help.

“For my friend to give me that ultimatum is what changed my life — and probably saved my life,” Schubert said.

A little over a year ago, Schubert finished her final treatment program and in her first year in college, she’s taking…

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