I hope that this finds you well and practicing safety and protection for you and your loved ones during this extended break from school.
For those of you that may find yourselves experiencing economic or mental health concerns as our state and country manage with the changes that the Coronavirus is bringing to bear – please find attached a Community Resource Guide that has a number of categories of community based agencies that can provide support for your family.
Below are additional resources that may be helpful to you as well.
I and the Hill Campus Mental Health Team wish you and your family a safe and healthy extended spring break. We look forward to seeing your students soon!
Valerie Tomasi, MSW, C-SSW
Social Worker – Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences
Denver Public Schools will be on an extended spring break from March 16th-April 6th and then will movie to remote learning. Please contact the FACE helpline at 720-423-3054 for general community based resources or referral questions.
This helpline will be available during normal business hours.
You can call 211, which will link you to the community resources line at Mile High United Way.
There is also a COVID-19 helpline available 24/7 and that number is 720-424-4357.
Denver Public Schools will offer free meals to students at 11 locations throughout the city. Check this link for meal resources https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/#food
If you are having a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room. For a mental health assessment or support, please visit the Colorado Crisis Services office (the closest office near Hill Campus is located at Colfax Avenue and Clermont Street at the address below):
Colorado Crisis and Support Line
Emergency Crisis Hotline for Mental Health
Walk In Clinic: (no appointment necessary 24/7 and free of charge)
4353 E. Colfax Ave
National Suicide Hotline
1.800. 273. TALK
or text: 839863
Mobile Crisis – Denver Health and Hospital
Trevor Project (LGBTQ+)
If you need to reach someone immediately, please contact Ellen Kelty, Director of Student Equity and Opportunity at: 303-728-4121. Or Meredith Fatseas, Manager of the department of Social Work and Psychological Services at 303-928-0644 (C)
For student safety concerns please contact the DPS Department of Safety at 720-423-3911
When risk is imminent, please call 911
Community mental health support can be accessed through Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 https://coloradocrisisservices.org/
As a parent, if you become aware a child is experiencing suicidal thoughts or making threatening statements:
- Contact DPD Non-Emergency line at 720-913-2000 to request a welfare check and/or to report the threat/concern.
- You may make a Safe2Tell report using the website (safe2tell.org), call the hotline at 1-877-542-7233, or use the online app.
The Colorado Crisis Line is another great resource. Their number is 1-844-493-8255 and they also have walk in centers across the city that you could go to if you have concerns.
Here is another link about how to talk to your child regarding suicide: https://www.youthsuicidewarningsigns.org/parentscaregivers