Following the emotional roller coaster of COVID-19, students' emotional wellbeing has become an even greater priority for educators. To address this increased need, the state is sending $100,000 to Marshfield school to design and implement additional mental health education and awareness programs.
A conversation between State Sen. Patrick O'Connor and School Committee Chair Lara Brait led the senator to file a budget amendment for this purpose.
"We discussed the lack of adequate supports for adolescent mental health awareness and resources across the state," O'Connor said. "With this money, Marshfield will be able to implement comprehensive programs and supports for educators, students, and families. The past year has highlighted just how critical social and emotional health is for students’ wellbeing and academic success."
Brait said as a parent, a school committee member and an active community participant, she sees just how different being a child today is than when she was younger - making the need for better resources and programming clear.
"People need more support," Brait said. "It's not just about support with academics, kids and teachers spend a ton of time in that environment, it's their whole life, and I wanted to be sure that Marshfield was a comfortable, safe environment for the kids who go to school here and the teachers who go to work here."