Happy Fall All!
I hope you all are enjoying the change in weather!
I want to share some great news! The state of Colorado has just launched a program called, I Matter. This program provides up to three FREE counseling sessions for all Colorado youth, ages 18 or younger or 21 and younger, if receiving special education services. The program is in place to promote youth emotional and mental health, which is needed now more than ever.
Three child and adolescent advocacy groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have declared that the mental health crisis among children has become a national emergency. Those are serious words. There are many reasons, with the number one being stress brought on by COVID-19. Our youth here at CEC Windsor are not immune. Talk to your children about stress and anxiety. Assure them that seeking professional help does not show weakness, but takes strength. Watch for signs such as disinterest in activities they used to enjoy, declining grades, withdrawing, avoiding social interactions, or difficultly sleeping. Make sure your child knows that they can come to you when their emotions are making school and other life activities difficult.
I encourage you to visit the I Matter website and contact me if you need ideas about how to talk to your child about mental health. As always, encourage your child to visit me if they need to talk or just need a little quiet during the day.
Wishing you the best,
Melissa Faye, (970) 657-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org