ANNA, Texas — The Anna Independent School District has a new mental health initiative called Thrive.

The strategy incorporates mental health into learning.

“There’s a big focus on student education, that’s going to be a big part of this,” explained Vince Sharp, the district’s director of counseling. “Teaching kids about resilience about coping; understanding how to make it through life. It’s tough, and just sometimes they need help, they need to be educated.”

Thrive educates students, teachers and parents about mental health. It also provides resources including a peer support program.

“Kids are struggling, and really they’re suffering in a lot of cases,” Sharp said. “We have to look as schools what we can do to help those kids.”

Anna ISD partnered with five different evidence-based organizations,  including the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth,  to get facts and statistics on what really needs to be addressed in students’ mental health.

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