MENTAL HEALTH

Lee Elementary School counselor Heather Lucy consoles a student.
Karen Brown / NEPR

There's an ongoing effort in Berkshire County to look at how trauma is dealt with, in areas including education and law enforcement. 

Worcester firefighters on the scene of a deadly fire, which broke out on December 9, 2018.
Scott J. Croteau / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing ahead on a bill that would give first responders better access to confidential counseling. This comes in the wake of the death of an on-duty firefighter in Worcester.

The Tarjick family of Cheshire, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent afternoon, a half dozen kids — from age two to 16 — were bustling around the Cheshire, Massachusetts, home of Missy and Dave Tarjick, their adoptive parents.

Teacher Jessica Pollard at Lee Elementary School leads her class in a mindfulness exercise.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Other than its bucolic setting in the Berkshire mountains, Lee Elementary seems like any other public school.

Police officer Darren Derby in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, gets to know area school children.
Karen Brown / NEPR

When I asked the leaders of the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign which police officer has come closest to their key goal — understanding the effects of trauma in the community — they all pointed me to one person: Darren Derby. 

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