Malvern treatment center uses feathered friends to help kids cope with COVID-19 stress

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MALVERN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A treatment center in Chester County that offers mental health support for teens and their families is using chickens to help patients cope with the stress caused by the pandemic.

Newport Healthcare's Center for Families in Malvern is an intensive outpatient program for adolescents who struggle with things like depression, anxiety or substance abuse.

"Because of the pandemic, what we have been seeing, therapists have been seeing kids really with very, very heightened anxiety and a lot of depression and what we've seen is the chickens really help in grounding the kids, reducing