Checking In with your child and your own mental wellness
Take an opportunity to talk with your child/children one-on-one. While engaging in something enjoyable for you both, ask them how they are doing. If they are feeling down, listen (without judgment) and ask questions. Provide support and information related to what is going on and ideas and resources related to physical and social-emotional wellness. Also check in with yourself and access resources that will support you during this time, which also supports your child/children.
If you think your child may be struggling with their mental health
If you are worried about your child's mental health beyond their current fears and possible anxieties surrounding the COVID-19 but it is not related to immediate safety, we encourage you to reach out for more support to your school-based mental health professionals (Counselors, Social-Emotional Learning Specialists, Mental Health Providers) or community mental health supports. Your school-based mental health professionals will likely also have access to a list of community mental health supports in your area.
Below you will find additional steps to take if you are looking for access to community-based mental health support. Currently, most community-based mental health providers are working to provide services remotely via the phone and teletherapy.
If you are worried that your child may be at risk for suicide
If at any point, you are worried about your child’s immediate safety (or their friend’s, cousin’s, etc.), please reach out for help from a mental health professional immediately.
Tips for Supporting your Child
can serve as a guide for navigating this challenging and extremely important situation.
Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
Colorado Crisis Text - text TALK to 38255
Police - 911