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Pictured from left to right, Callan Jackman, Sierra Bishop, Emily Nagel, Caleb Etter, Jennifer Ruan, Christian Porter Lubbers, Sarah Connolly, Kristina Peterson and Benny the Beaver. These members of the Dam Worth It team pose with uplifting signs at the Jan. 20 OSU Men’s Basketball game vs. the University of Washington Huskies in Gill Coliseum.

Dam Worth It celebrates five years, speaks toward the growth of mental health awareness

When Dam Worth It was first founded back in 2017, co-founders Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten had no idea of the impact it would have on the Oregon State community five years later. Since the creation...

Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci, both student-athletes, founded the Dam Worth It Campaign out of a desire to help instigate change around the topics of mental health and suicide.

Athletes utilize platforms to bring awareness to mental health struggles

Isabelle Taylor, Sports Contributor
August 30, 2021

When Team USA Gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the 2020 Olympics Gymnastics all-around final and team final, her decision provoked a conversation that aims to help end the mental health stigma surrounding...

The Dam Worth It team stands on the field during a football game, holding signs. 

Dam Worth It campaign expands to include all of OSU

Vada Shelby, News Contributor
October 14, 2019

The Dam Worth It campaign has relaunched this school year as the official mental health campaign of Oregon State University. This year’s members, which now include both student-athletes and students...

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Dam Worth It selects new leaders

Lillian Nomie, News Contributor
April 15, 2019

Dam Worth It is a campaign at Oregon State University that was created by gymnast Taylor Ricci and men’s soccer player Nathan Braaten, in order to bring awareness to mental health issues in collegiate...

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Dam Worth It takes message beyond OSU

Alexis Campbell, News Contributor
March 4, 2019

Over a year after Oregon State University athletes Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci founded the Dam Worth It campaign to bring awareness to student athlete mental health, its impact continues to grow in...

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