March 2020

Posted on 03/24/2020

Dear Parents and Students:

With the decision to move to remote learning, I know there are lots of questions. I would like to take a

moment to let you know our school staff will continue to support you all while the building is closed. One

concern many parents have expressed is for the continued academic, career, emotional, and mental health

support their student(s) would normally receive when they are at school from a school counselor.

If during our school hours you or your student(s) would like to contact me, then the best way is via email. My

email address is Rebecca.Greene@d51schools.org

Depending on you or your students' needs, I may change from phone or email to Online Chat via Google

Hangouts .

Online Chat: This will also require you to have a computer or smart device. Students will need to be

logged in on their D51 google Gmail account. I will send your student a “google hangout” invite that will

appear on their Gmail screen when opened.

Below are some community resources and supports for you and your student’s mental wellbeing during this

tough time. These are amazing community resources you can access during non-regular school hours.

Thank you for your time in reading this and your continued support.

Sincerely,

Ms. Rebecca Greene,

School Counselor for DIA & Loma

Talking to your Kids about the Coronavirus for younger children

What is Coronavirus? Coronavirus is a virus that affects the respiratory system (lungs, nose, mouth,

throat, bronchi, and all other body parts involved in breathing). It is passed from person to person

through droplets of sneezes on their hands and touches a bathroom door handle, and then another

person touches that same bathroom door handle and then touches their face, they can become

infected with the virus. This is why it is so important to wash our hands and avoid touching our faces!

I’m a kid. Doesn’t that mean I can’t get Coronavirus? No. Some people have been saying that

kids aren't affected by Coronavirus. Scientists believe that Coronavirus may not make kids as sick as

adults. But kids can still become infected with the virus.

Why are we staying home from school? All of the adults at school want you and your family to be

safe and healthy. Scientists are recommending that we stay home and avoid being in crowds or large

gatherings (like a classroom full of friends). We are staying home from school to slow the virus from

spreading.

What can I do if I am feeling worried?

Circle of Support

Talk about how you are feeling with the people you trust at home.

If you have a question, ask the people you trust to help you understand.

Keep in touch with friends, even if you’re not seeing them at school every day.

Video chat or call loved ones who don’t live near you.

Breathe it Out

If your body is feeling restless or keyed up, take some time to sit and slow your

breathing. Try these easy exercises by tracing your finger over the lines and breathing

along with them. Repeat at least 5 times.

Set Small, Daily Goals

Keep your focus on real things you can do! Set small, daily goals for yourself and keep

track of your goals. Set a goal about how much you will read each day, how long you’ll

practice your free throws each day, how many nice things you’ll say to family members

each day, or something else that’s important to you.

Look for Fun

Shift your focus away from the worries and do something fun.

Play a board game with your family.

Have a dance party.

Paint, draw, write or create.

Let the Worries Go

Having trouble letting go of the worries? Try these strategies:

1. Set a 3 minute time. During those 3 minutes, think about the worries all you want.

When the timer goes off, worry time is over! Get up, move to a new space, and try to

think of something else.

2. Write your worries on a piece of paper. Tear or wad it up and toss it in the trash can.

KEEP YOURSELF AND YOUR STUDENTS HEALTHY:

Go outside for a walk

Eat healthy

Sleep, keep your routines

Talk it out

Crisis Services

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, use one of these resources to get

immediate help.

Colorado Crisis Services Confidential and immediate support for anyone in crisis, whether they are struggling

with relationship problems, mental health issues, suicidal thoughts, stress, bullying, anxiety or depression, etc.

Call: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

Visit: “Chat Now” at coloradocrisisservices.org

Text: TALK to 38255

Crisis Text Line

Text anonymously with a trained crisis counselor any time you’re in crisis for any reason. Counselors help

those who text them stay calm and safe until they can get further help.

Text: “CO” to 741741

Mind Springs Health Local Crisis Line

Call for support during a mental health or substance abuse crisis or simply call to learn about local services.

Psychiatric Emergency: 970-201-4299

For general information (non emergency): 970-241-6023

Visit: https://mindspringshealth.org/crisis-services/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Free and confidential support for anyone who is having suicidal thoughts, prevention and intervention

resources for anyone who wants to help a friend or family member in distress, and support for mental health

professionals.

Call: 1-800-273-8255

Visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org and click “CHAT”

Report a Safety Issue

Safe2Tell

Safe2Tell is completely anonymous and will immediately send your tip to 911 and school security and

administration. Safe2Tell can be used to report a number of issues, including but not limited to bullying,

suicidal thoughts, assault, substance abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, or a school shooting threat.

Call: 1-877-542-7233

Visit: www.safe2tell.org

Download: The Safe2Tell app is available from the Apple or Google Play app store.

Find Ongoing Mental Health Treatment

Finding ongoing mental health support can be critical for wellbeing. Often one of the first considerations

parents have in looking for ongoing support is finding a provider that takes their insurance. We have compiled

the Valley's most common insurance providers and provided links to those insurance companies' provider

directories.

Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna Colorado's Medicaid Program: Health First Colorado Medicare Rocky

Mountain Health Plans Tricare UMR

If you do not want to go through an insurance provider Psychology Today has a database of local mental

health providers.

Links & Helpful Websites for General Mental Health Information

Child Mind Institute

An independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with

mental health and learning disorders.

Visit: www.childmind.org

NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated

to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness through education, advocacy, a

toll-free help line and raising public awareness.

Call: 970-462-3989

Visit: www.namiws.org

Teen Line

A nonprofit organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems through teen-to-teen education

and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and outreach.

Call: 310-855-4673

Text:839863

Visit: www.teenlineonline.org

The Center

Provides a safe, child-friendly environment to facilitate the interviewing of children who are victims of abuse

and neglect as well as providing direct, supportive services to victims and families.

Call:970-245-3788

Visit:www.wscchildren.org

Western Slope 211

A free, confidential, information and referral service connecting people in need to important local community

resources.

Call: 1-888-217-1215

Visit: www.wc211.org

Get the app in the Apple or Google Play Store. Also, check out their Guide to Adulting for young adults

venturing out on their own.

Links & Helpful Websites for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention : raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides

resources to those affected by suicide.

American Association of Suicidology: A tip sheet for parents about suicide & social media

Media Guidelines - Recommended Practices for Reporting on Suicide

Suicide Prevention Resource Cent er