March 23, 2023
Mental Health Day Tomorrow, March 24
Dear Team DPS,

As we learn more about the developments coming out of the shooting that took place at East High School yesterday, I want to extend my heartfelt apologies to the East High School community, and the larger DPS community. No student or employee should have to carry fear of potential violence when they walk into our buildings each day.

To allow us all to take a moment to pause and process the challenging events this year, including the data breach, tomorrow, March 24, is a non-student contact mental health day for all DPS employees. To support families, we will have 14 Discovery Link extended care sites available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the district will be providing food pick up locations

To assist in our collective healing, I want to reiterate the importance of connecting to our mental health, emotional wellness and workforce/community supports available through the DPS Employee Assistance Program

These community providers may also be of assistance for our students, families, and team members:
Colorado Crisis and Support Line
or Text TALK to 38255
Resource for mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis help – information and referrals
National Suicide Hotline
24-hour toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline
Second Wind Fund
Provides free counseling to underinsured and uninsured youth that are suicidal
Trevor Project Hotline
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth
Safe2Tell Colorado
An anonymous way to report any concern impacting students (phone, app, online reporting options)
I Matter Colorado
Will direct students to an online survey for their needs and connect them to a therapist
In addition to the resources above, TherapyDirect is available as a same-day, online crisis counseling service available to adults ages 18+ in the Denver metro area. TherapyDirect provides quick access to a counselor for a confidential 55-minute online session. Individuals can receive up to three sessions a year at no cost and interpretation services are available upon request. TherapyDirect is available Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

These last few months have been particularly difficult, and I sincerely thank you for showing up for our students every day, even when it hasn’t been easy. Please take this time to decompress and utilize the resources above.
Dr. Alex Marrero
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