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Counselors couldn't keep up with our growing mental health crisis, so peers stepped up

from EdSurge (commentary)

Amanda Novak, a contributor for EdSurge, writes: "It's 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning. I welcome students into the building with an optimistic smile on my face while teachers give an endless supply of high fives, and students yawn and find a corner to sit with their friends. The bell rings and I head to make my coffee, eager to hunker down and prioritize my tasks for the week. Before I make it to the coffee pot, I hear my name over the walkie talkie and off I go — without caffeine. A student needs me, and so it begins. By the time I return, two students are waiting outside my office and I've got two notes on my door. Before I know it, it's Thursday afternoon and I've done little more than triage." more

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