Jake is a student at our Berry Street School. When he first started, he was struggling with thoughts of self-harm. The school created a very clear safety plan for him and Berry Street school teacher, Julie, started character lessons with him.
Together, Jake and Julie identified that humour was Jake’s signature strength. Every day, Julie talked with him about ways to practice humour, when to notice humour, opportunities to lift other people up with humour.
After a while, Julie told us that Jake looked at her and said, “No one has ever seen me the way you see me. No one has ever noticed that I’m good at something, and that’s humour. And no one has ever tried to make me better by focusing on my strength.”
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