We would like take a moment to acknowledge that COVID-19 has been really difficult for our community. Times of uncertainty and high stress can often bring up emotions and questions that we need to process. We hope that you and your student are all reaching out to your support networks and utilizing self-care strategies to work through these difficult emotions. We hope that you have time to take breaks and talk with your student about how they feel. It is normal to feel anxious, angry and confused right now.  A good place to start is to ask “How do you feel about all of this?” Or, “What is your biggest worry right now? A follow-up question might be, “Tell me how you have made it through difficult times in the past?”

Times like this can also trigger those with underlying mental health conditions. If you are concerned about your student, who may have a mental health condition, please consider reaching out to their community provider, or to our community mental health agencies. Many agencies are offering phone consultations and teletherapy during times when we’re asked to stay home.

Our school clinic mental health staff is also available by phone and video conferencing if you need support accessing community agencies, or if you have other questions. Please see the school website for contact information and office hours: https://east.dpsk12.org

Thank you,

The East Clinic team

Resources:

  • Colorado Crisis Services: 844-493-8255, or Text TALK to 38255
  • National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255                 
  • Safe2Tell: 877-542-7233
  • Trevor Project Hotline for Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth: 866-488-7386
  • Mental Health Center of Denver: 303-504-6500
    • MHCD Crisis Center- open 24 hours, 4353 E. Colfax Ave
  • Maria Droste Counseling Center: 303-756-9052
  • DPD Non-Emergency: 720-913-2000 – Welfare checks & safety concerns
  • Denver Health STEP Program: 303-602-1893    Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment