BETHEL — The coronavirus pandemic and distance learning has pulled concerns about youth’s mental health into sharper focus.
But students at Bethel middle and high schools now have access to therapy and mental health services on campus.
“I absolutely think that access to care in the schools is critical, definitely in this pandemic, but before the pandemic, too, and after,” said Dana Schmitt, the clinician at the school-based health center, which opened this September at the schools.
“A lot of times kids are so busy after school,” she said. “Parents are working. It’s really hard to get kids to therapists. And it’s such a great opportunity to have this kind of therapy, outpatient therapy in the school.”
The center operates at no cost to the district, with the care paid for through families’ insurance. Students without insurance are still accepted for free.
“Access is key,” said Jane Hylan, director of