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Madison teen recognized for her efforts against teen depression

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There are so many people who are making a difference in our community, but you may not often hear about the young voices that are speaking up and creating change.

One Madison teenager is being recognized nationally for her efforts. Addison Clearwood, a senior at Memorial High School, is one of 10 girl scouts across the country who has been recognized as a Young Woman of Distinction.

The 13-year Girl Scout veteran was honored for her work against teen depression and mental illness. She created a club at Memorial High School called "S.A.D. Out Loud; A Fight Against Ignorance" after seeing first hand the signs of teen depression.

Clearwood's cousin committed suicide when Clearwood was a freshman. She says it made her aware of her depression, and as she recovered she became aware of how common it is among teens.

Last year, Clearwood held an event called "Break the Silence" to raise awareness for her cause, and this year she is holding the event again on Monday, May 6. It's being held at Madison Memorial from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Clearwood is graduating this spring and hopes her "S.A.D. Out Loud" club continues after she's gone. She will be attending Rockford College. 

To learn more about Clearwood's mission, click here.

Clearwood joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.

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