Mental Health Resources
Recommendations from School Counseling, Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning
Connecting with your students’ School Counselors or Mental Health supports
- We are here to support you during this challenging time.
- The best way to connect directly with your Mental Health provider, School Counselor and Social Emotional Learning Specialist is during their daily office hours. Each provider is consistently monitoring their email and phone voicemail in order to support you during this time.
- Click here to locate your students school website
- If this is a mental health emergency, please call 911, Colorado Crisis Services at 844.493.TALK (8255).
Tips for talking with your kids
During times of stress, it is important that we maintain a sense of connectedness and engage your students in conversation around their thoughts, feelings, and fears. The following activities and resources are available to support in engaging your student in activities around emotional connectedness.
- Develop structures and routines-i.e. sleep and meal times, involve your children in creating daily plans.
- Engage in play through games and activities that promote social skills, conflict resolution, and problem solving (i.e. Board games, art activities, interactive play with toys, creativity, sports, etc.)
- Centervention.Com: Free printable social emotional learning activities
- Books that support emotional well being
Planning for your future
Career and College Exploration
- Career One Stop, the U.S. Department of Labor’s career exploration tool
- Naviance - College and Career Exploration
- Adams 12 College And Career Counseling Page
- Register for a Virtual College Exploration Week
- Students may want to tour college campuses here and here, since they can’t visit in real life.
College Admissions and Testing
The College Board
The College Board recognizes the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating in online AP education. Working with partners, the College Board can help these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to the College Board directly to let them know.
National Association of College Admission Counselors
Tips for talking with your kids
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- 5 ways to help teens manage anxiety around the Coronavirus
- How to talk to a child about the coronavirus
- How to talk with your child around their emotions
- Helping kids cope with coronavirus anxiety - from Childrens Hospital Colorado
- Talking Points for Families to have Conversations with children about COVID-19 (En español)
- Adams 12 Mental Health Resources Page
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers the following suggestions for taking care of your mental health in times of uncertainty:
- Separate what is in your control from what is not.
- Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
- Get outside in nature - even if you are avoiding crowds.
- Challenge yourself to stay in the present.
- Stay connected and reach out if you need more support.
- Limit screen time
- Maintain routines and schedules
When to seek help
Take a moment to pull your child away from siblings and go on a walk, visit a coffee shop, go to the mall, etc. While engaging in something enjoyable for you both, ask them how they are doing. If they are feeling down, listen (without judgement) and ask the tough questions.
- How often would you say you are sad?
- Can you identify what may be making you feel so much stress right now?
- Are you feeling suicidal?
- If anything in the world could be different to make you feel less (stressed, anxious, sad ,worried, mad, etc.) what would it be?
- Finally, remind them that you are here to support them in honoring their emotions and problem solving.
Mental Health Concern
If you are worried about your child, but it is not related to immediate safety (anxiety, stress, serious friendship issues, etc.) it may be worth exploring some outside supports. Here are some steps to take when trying to find an outside counselor:
- Contact your health insurance for a list of covered providers
- Talk with your employer to see if you have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Ask your child’s primary care physician for referrals/ideas
- If your family does not have insurance, take a look at some more flexible alternatives such as Community Reach Center
If at any point you are worried for your child’s immediate safety (or their friend’s, cousin’s, etc.), please reach out for help from a mental health professional immediately. This help sheet can serve as a guide for navigating this scary and important situation.
- Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
- Colorado Crisis Text - text TALK to 38255
- Police - 911
- Community Reach Center - Emergency Services
- Colorado Crisis Walk In Centers
Summertime Mental Health Support Text/Call Hotlines
- Behavioral Health Urgent Care: Available 24/7 to speak with a therapist. Located at 2551 W. 84th Avenue in Westminster.
- Colorado Crisis Services: Free, confidential, professional, and immediate support for any mental health, substance use, or emotional concern. Call 1(800)273-8255. You can also text TALK to 38255.
- Crisis Support Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. This is a free and confidential service for anyone that is needing to talk to someone, particularly through text. This text line is also available 24/7.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: To access this 24/7 hotline, you can call 1(800)799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, you can also text LOVEIS to 22522 or log onto thehotline.org.
- The TALK Line: This is a 24/7 crisis and counseling phone line for parents and caregivers with children under the age of 18 to seek support, referrals, or connect with someone to who will listen - Call (415)441-5437 (KIDS).
- Friendship Line: Institute of Aging’s 24-hour hotline is the only accredited crisis line in the country for adults aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities. This is both a crisis intervention and non-emergency emotional support hotline - Call 1(800)971-0016.
- Trevor Project:The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
ACT (Acknowledge, Tell, Care) at Home: