Social Emotional Wellness Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's a great time to prioritize your mental well-being. With a severe uptick in people seeking mental health services and an increase in those who are in crisis, let's all come together to fight stigma, raise awareness, and advocate for those who need our help. Mental health is an essential part of overall health and wellness. Learn ways to improve your mental health and discover helpful resources below. Be well!

Dr. Kelli Smith
Director of Health, Wellness, and Prevention
[email protected]
Resources for Families

Mental Health Resources Coping skills, psychological health, counseling, intervention
DCSD Mental Health Services and School Providers DCSD Mental Health Support Department, includes intervention support and information on school counselors

What is DCSD Mental Health Services and how can they help?
Coping with Grief and Loss No matter our age, it can be a struggle to deal with the loss of a loved one. It can be especially difficult for young children who are unable to comprehend what has happened or teenagers who are struggling with overwhelming feelings. Find resources for additional support here.

Social and Emotional Health Resources Social emotional wellness includes but is not limited to effective stress management, building and maintaining positive relationships, emotional regulation, and making responsible decisions.
Collaboration of Academics and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL) Social Emotional Learning with Families and Caregivers 
Stress Management Strategies
Find ways to help manage stress using mindfulness, nutrition, physical activity, and self-care from DCSD Healthy Schools. These resources to help manage emotions and stress for kids and adults alike! 
 Sources of Strength Evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse through training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.
Taking Preventative Action
Back to the Basics-

Making sure our basic needs are being met is the first step to being our best. The SCORE acronym is an easy reminder of taking care of some of our basic needs.
Consumption of social media

Resource courtesy of Nick Thompson, LCSW and Brandon Slade, MHC
Internet Safety, Helping Kids Stay Safe Online While the internet has opened up amazing opportunities for children, it carries the risk that a child may be exposed to inappropriate material, online predators, and cyberbullying. Discover ways to get involved in monitoring and promoting online safety in your home.
Executive Functioning Skills
(the foundation of Social Emotional Skills)
Executive functioning skills include a variety of skills that help people find success in life. A few examples of these skills include planning, self-monitoring, and time management. Check out these videos for simple strategies that parents can implement immediately to help children develop these skills at home.
 Homelessness Resources If your family is experiencing hardship and homelessness, your children’s access to education is protected. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Parent Education and Training Webinars and other resources for parents from DCSD
Parent University Classes offered through Parent University provide resources and training in areas that support Social Emotional Wellness such as safety, life skills, academic development and financial literacy. Includes links to webinar recordings.
Special Education Parent Engagement The DCSD Special Education department offers regular in person talks and online webinars about relevant Special Education services and supports.
Growing Together Podcasts DCSD Growing Together Podcast, bringing our community together through meaningful conversation. Hosted by Erica Mason. Erica will talk to leaders, educators, specialists and community members about topics that matter to you. Join us to ensure DCSD is a thriving community, now and in the future.

Community Partners & Services Helpful local resources and services offered by partners in our community
Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition The Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition is working to build protective factors for youth in Douglas County at the individual, school, and community levels, while decreasing risk factors.
Douglas County Human Services
Valued Organizations that Offer Mental Health Support and Support for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Douglas County Youth Initiative Mental Health Toolkit to find services and resources
Douglas County Community of Care Network The Community of Care Network is a collaborative group of organizations, agencies, and individuals seeking to provide an opportunity for everyone in Douglas County to thrive.  Together, they educate the community, advocate on behalf of clients and serve the most vulnerable residents.

Helpful Hotlines

All Health Network

Colorado Crisis Services
1-844-493-TALK (8255)
Text "TALK" to 38255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

1-877-542-SAFE (7233)

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Outside Agencies

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Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).