In Michigan schools, counselors are on the frontlines in supporting students: They are college and career counselors. They nudge students forward and encourage student interests.

Michigan Counselors

Counselor Kevin Smith traces outlines to cut heart-shaped pieces of paper at Willows Edge Counseling and Healing Arts in downtown Oxford on Dec. 2. It is for people to write messages to families of the gunshot victims of a mass shooting two days earlier.

And sometimes, even though they are not therapists, they are among the first adults to intervene in a mental health crisis.

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