Students often struggle after a mental health crisis. Can this support system help?

The BRYT program, which was founded and pioneered in a Boston-area school in 2004 by the nonprofit Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, has emerged as a successful model for helping kids re-enter school after a mental health crisis. cPaul

By — Alfonso Serrano, The Hechinger Report

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Ava had always felt comfortable at the small, private K-8 school she attended just north of Boston. But in high school everything changed.

Ava first began to experience anxiety and depression after her parents divorced, when she was still in grade school. These problems increased as she entered her teen years, and became even more severe in ninth grade, when she enrolled at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, a vast campus with nearly 2,000 students. Faced with large, noisy classrooms, Ava froze with fear. By her sophomore year, she felt unable to cope. When her mother dropped her off one morning, Ava looked out at the school building, but couldn’t open the car door to go inside.

She began to miss two or three days of school a week. In April of that year, she stopped attending altogether.

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Art work by Tashin, a junior at Rindge & Latin High School and BRYT alum. Photo by Alfonso Serrano for The Hechinger Report

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/students-often-struggle-after-a-mental-health-crisis-can-this-support-system-help

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