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COVID-19 Mental Health Infographic

NAVIGATING THE MENTAL WELLNESS OF YOUR CHILD & FAMILY

During these times of stress and uncertainty, we must not forget to take care of our mental wellness along with our physical health. Below you will find some resources to support you and your family members during this time of uncertainty.

This infographic from Mental Health America can help identify your concerns, what you can and cannot control, what to look for, tips for managing anxiety, and when and where to get help. 

Check In

Are you checking in with your child and yourself about mental health?
  • Talk with your child/children one-on-one
  • Listen without judgment and ask questions
  • Use some of the resources provided here to start the conversation

Self Care Tips

Taking care of your self is just as important as taking care of your loved ones. 
  • Take breaks from following the news, including social media
  • Take care of your body with exercise, healthy eating, meditation, and good sleep
  • Make time to relax
  • Connect with others and talk about your concerns and feelings

Changes to Watch For

Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way so here are some common changes to look for:
  • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
  • Poor school performance or avoiding school
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Next Steps

We encourage you to reach out, if applicable, for more support to your school-based mental health professionals or community mental health supports (see below).

  • Contact your health insurance for a list of covered providers
  • Check with your faith-based community for potential resources
  • Talk with your employer to see if you have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Ask your child’s primary care physician for referrals/ideas
  • If your family does not have insurance, take a look at some more flexible alternatives such as Jefferson Center For Mental Health | Español

Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19

Gozen.com offers these experts to help you and your family navigate remote learning, anxiety, and other fears or concerns of the day. 

TheParentingJunkie.com, provides some tips on how to set your new normal with peace, play, presence.
Dr. Laura Markham, clinical psychologist and bestselling author, speaks about helping kids navigate through fear and anxiety around the coronavirus.
Dr. Shefali Tsabary teaches parents about radical acceptance even when life throws shocking curveballs such as school closures due to the coronavirus.
Natasha Daniels is a child therapist specializing in OCD and anxiety. She discusses how to help kids quell compulsions exacerbated by news of the coronavirus.

Worried about Suicide?

Are you worried that your child or another person is in immediate danger or is considering suicide?

If you are concerned that your child or another person is:

In immediate danger - Call 911

Is considering suicide:

  • Take them seriously
  • Stay with them or make sure they are not left alone
  • Remove lethal means
  • Call SAFE2TELL at 1-877-542-7233
  • Escort them to mental health services
    • Local emergency department

Let's Talk with Mark Koebrich: Teen Suicide


DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Jeffco's Mental Health Support Team is here to help. 

Start by contacting your child’s school - counselors, psychologists, social workers,  social-emotional learning specialists, and nurses are available to help.

If you need additional support, please contact the Student Services Office sservice@jeffco.k12.co.us. Someone will respond to you within 24 hours.

Watch this video about Inside the World of Social Emotional Learning Specialists

additional resources

Colorado Crisis Center logo Colorado Crisis Services - A statewide resource that provides walk-in services for crisis intervention, referrals, or information. Crisis line: 1-844-493-8255 and Text “TALK” to 38255. The crisis support line and walk-in centers are confidential and are available 24/7/365.
Safe2Tell logo Safe to Tell – anonymous way for students, parents and community members to report unsafe and risky behaviors before they grow out of control. 1-877-542-7233
National Suicide Prevention logo National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for anyone experiencing distress and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, the organization offers prevention and crisis resources. 1-800-273-8255
Jefferson Center logo Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH) – Offers a full range of services and resources to support the mental health of children, youth and families. 303-425-0300 | Español
Mental Health Center of Denver logo El Centro de las Familias  – Part of the Mental Health Center of Denver, this is a multi-cultural clinic providing Spanish-language and bilingual outpatient mental health care to Denver’s Latino/Hispanic community. 303-504-7900

Additional Community Resources

Mental Health Colorado -Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate in promoting mental wellness, ending shame and discrimination, and ensuring equitable access to mental health and substance use care. Mental Health Colorado is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and an affiliate of Mental Health America. 720.208.2220

Jefferson County Rent/Utility/Security Deposit Assistance - Part of Jefferson Center for Mental Health's Navigation services - this document provides resources for rental, utility, security deposit assistance, and other needed services from various resouces in Jefferson County and some in the Denver area. 303-432-5130

Mean Street Ministry Resource Guide – A thorough Denver Metro resource bank with information for needs ranging from, housing and shelter, food and clothing banks, pregnancy, baby food & childcare, medical, dental, employment, and alcohol and substance abuse resources. 303-232-2500

Community Table – Arvada's area food bank offers programs in two essential areas: Hunger Relief and Self Sustainability.303-424-6685

The Trevor Project – Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQI+ youth through the TrevorLifeline. TrevorChat and TrevorText (text “TREVOR” to 202-304-1200).

Judi's House - Provides support groups for children and their families grieving the death of a loved one from any cause, including suicide. 720-941-0331

Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CBHC) – This organization is committed to improving the health and wellness in Colorado’s Black, African, and African-American communities through community events and programs, health resources, news and information, and works with a variety of partners throughout Colorado. 720-579-2126

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) – Provides financial assistance to eligible, low-income families who need child care benefits for children from birth to age 12 or children with additional care needs under the age of 19. 303-271-1388

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