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Esports helping, inspiring teen with mental illness | Winchester Star | winchesterstar.com – The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER β€” Keygan Mullineaux was 15 when he first started hearing voices in his head. Two years later, he attempted suicide and became catatonic, leading some doctors to speculate he would never make a full recovery.

But thanks to a loving mother and a passion for video games, the 17-year-old Winchester resident is moving beyond his potentially crippling mental health issues and looking forward to a bright future.

Keygan has already endured a great deal in his young life, including the death of a young sibling and seeing his mother sent to prison on charges stemming from her former drug addiction.

β€œIt became too much on him,” his mother, Kelly Dodson, said during an interview Monday at Shenandoah Universityβ€˜s Esports Arena in Winchester.

In March, Keygan swallowed two handfuls of Tylenol. He survived the suicide attempt, but his kidneys sustained permanent damage.

Dodson, who has been out of prison for nearly
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