Sue Devlin's the mental health lead at the Kenora Catholic District School Board, and she's helping kids build resilience. In fact, the new program helps kids as young as junior kindergarten.

"This program for 4 to 7-year-olds talks more about teaching kids to recognize feelings in themselves and what to do when those feelings get too big," she said.

Devlin adds the Friends program also offers help for parents.

It's almost time for more standardized testing. In an effort to help younger students handle the stress, Sue Devlin says they'll be bringing in some furry friends.

"We do have dogs, and we're hoping to bring in the puppies for EQAO," she said.

Devlin is the mental health leader for the Kenora Catholic District School Board. The FRIENDS program is endorsed by the World Health Organization. Testing for the EQAO is set for the end of May.

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