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Important Resources for Winter Break

While the holidays are often a joyous time with friends and family, we know that they can also be stressful, not just for adults, but for children too. In addition to the annual pressure of gift giving, family gathering and travel, the holidays can trigger memories of the loss of loved ones and other traumatic events.

It is always a good idea to keep a watchful eye on our children, family and friends during the holidays and the extended break from school. If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing changes in their mood or suicidal behaviors or thoughts, please remember to:


  • Stay with the child until you are sure they are safe.

  • Call the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or the National Crisis line at 1-800-273-8255.

  • If there is an immediate threat to your child or other students, call 911.

In the midst of holiday stress, we encourage you and your family to take a moment to review our 99 Coping Skills embedded within our Student Wellness & Prevention Framework.  You will find many student-friendly coping strategies under the December link and a student-friendly video to watch with the family.

You can also find specific suicide prevention, grief, substance abuse and many other resources on the DCSD mental health website. Additionally, you may find resources on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

It is important that we work together to protect our children. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our children safe. Together we can make this a safe and happy holiday season!

December 21, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category:

District News

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