Colin Flynn '15 wins Connecticut BrainDance Award
Colin Flynn '15, biology student of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly, won first place in the 2012 BrainDance contest. The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital sponsors the BrainDance academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This contest allows students to enter an art project, a research project, or a media project. Colin entered a multi-media project and was the recipient of $500.00.
As a biology teacher and nurse, Mrs. O'Reilly wanted to teach her students to be more empathetic towards others, especially with mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care.