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Connecticut health officials sound the alarm on student mental health

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Emory Maiden

More than 150 schools in Connecticut need help with a mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health officials found schools in 21 cities and towns across the state need more mental health support systems, according to Hearst Connecticut Media. Waterbury topped the list — 29 schools in the city need more help. Both Bridgeport and New Haven also have more than 20 schools on the list.

The report comes from a task force run by the State Department of Public Health. It was set up to see what schools in the state could use primary care facilities or other in-school health centers. It has a special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.