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Teen’s Road to Healing Passes through Boys Town

Brittany came to Boys Town at age 14, having attempted suicide several times. She suffered from anxiety and depression and believed she had nothing to live for.

Brittany and her two siblings had been raised by their mother. The kids had never met their father. Mom was a good parent, but she wasn’t’ able to help Brittany as she struggled with controlling her emotions and building trust with others.

When Brittany entered Boys Town’s Family Home Program, the goal was clear – help her feel safe and learn how to establish healthy relationships so she could someday return to her own family.

From day one, Brittany’s Family-Teachers ® focused on teaching the teen how to express herself in a positive manner, both at home and in school. They also worked on improving her social skills and how she could use them with her siblings and her mother. And she received the intensive counseling and therapy she needed to deal with her emotional and mental health issues.

Her Family-Teachers called this approach Brittany’s “road to healing.”

Brittany found numerous other outlets and opportunities that helped her get better during her time at Boys Town. She participated in drama and earned the lead role in the spring play. As part of the cheer squad, she won an award for “Most Outstanding Cheerleader.”

Other extracurricular activities kept Brittany busy and provided experiences for developing positive relationships and communicating with others. She played softball, ran track and performed with the choir and band. In school, her grades improved and she made the honor roll. 

Brittany’s improvement was evident when she made visits home to see her mother and siblings.

A year after entering a Boys Town Family Home as an insecure, depressed young girl, Brittany reunited with her family as a more confident, caring young woman with a positive outlook on life.

Brittany had reached the end of her road to healing. Now she has set out on a new road to success.

The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.