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“Kids Are Struggling” – Anna ISD Has a Plan To Help


The Anna Independent School District has a new mental health initiative called Thrive. Thrive educates students, teachers and parents about mental health. It also provides resources including a peer support program. The strategy incorporates mental health into learning. Anna ISD partnered with five different evidence-based organizations including UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth® to get facts and statistics on what really needs to be addressed in students' mental health."We're just not paying attention to what a child is truly asking or needing," Anna Mayor Nate Pike said. "Depression, anxiety and other areas in mental health do affect our children, and this program is going to help create awareness for the resources that are available."The initiative's contributors stress that there needs to be a change in culture within schools by using these new strategies.Read full story on ABC Texoma's KTEN

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