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During this stressful and uncertain time, it is essential to address and tend to the mental health and wellness of ourselves, our family, and community. Below you will find a variety of resources to support you and your family members.

OCTOBER FOCUS: Physical Health

Physical Health and mental health are much more connected than many people realize. The mind-body connection is real. This means that taking care of your physical health can help improve your mental health. Making simple changes to lifestyle habits — such as physical activity, diet, and sleep — can go a long way toward boosting how you feel inside and out. Here’s how this works — and some tips to help you get started.

Join Jeffco Public Schools as we explore all elements of physical activity during the month of October. Make time to use the weekly resources and activities to increase your physical wellness!



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Week 1: Learn about this month's Seminar Series Speaker Events

  • QPR for Parents and Caregivers
  • Movement and Mental Health
  • Alcohol, Marijuana and the Teen Brain

To Register and for event details:             scroll down or VIEW THE FLYER


Week 3: Hydration


Being well hydrated improves mood, memory and attention in children. And it's economical – tap water is much less expensive than sports drinks, sodas and juice. Here are some tips on how to help your family choose water.



Week 2: Family Physical Activity Calendar


Active children and teens have better academic and mental health outcomes. Children and teens should be physically active for 60 MINUTES DAILY. Learn more from Jeffco's Healthy Schools Team about Physical Activities: English | Spanish



Week 4: Getting Enough Sleep

Getting too little or too much sleep — or not sleeping when your body needs rest, can lead to:

  • Bad moods
  • Decreased physical activity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fear
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion

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Mental Health & Wellness Seminar Series for Jeffco Families

Join us monthly as we highlight and feature specialists, experts, and trainings in all things mental health and wellness related. Check back here often for our upcoming presentations. 


QPR for Parents & Caregivers   Register

October 13, 2021
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. While this training will focus primarily on youth, the concepts are protective for any relationship and people of all ages. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to help someone


Alcohol, Marijuana and the Teen Brain  Register

October 19, 2021
Two Sessions
Session A: 10:00am-11:30am
Session B: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Description: What science tells us actually works for preventing addiction and other harms. Find out how we, as community members, parents and guardians, can use positive youth development practices to prevent our young people from being hurt by use of alcohol and marijuana.
Main Takeaways:

  • The reality of teen marijuana and alcohol use
  • How and why the teenage brain is affected by substance use.
  • Get a good look at the devices teens are using
  • How to effectively prevent substance use, without being uptight, no fun or overly negative with our children


Movement & Mental Health   Register

October 29, 2021
Description: Kids don't have to be athletes to benefit from physical activity. Whether you have a competitive high school athlete or a young couch potato, this session gives practical tools to promote a desire for lifelong activity in your kids.
Main Takeaways:

  • Recommended physical activity levels (by age) vs. reality
  • How COVID impacted physical activity and trends experts are predicting
  • The connection between physical health and mental health
  • Tools to help your child to engage in physical activity (especially for those not active in organized sports)
  • Local resources to help kids access the sport or activity they want to do
  • Injury Prevention tips 
Previous Resources & Seminar Recordings

Jamie Doak, LPC, NCC, EMDR

Helping Children or Teens Cope with Anxiety Around the Return to School
August 12, 2021

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Dr. Peg Dawson

Smart But Scattered
February 25, 2021

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Dr. Andra Brill

Mindful Families: Calm and Confident Parenting in Stressful Times
April 29, 2021

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Dr. Ricky Mohon

Sleep Issues
January 21, 2021

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Nick Thompson

Parenting is Hard
March, 2021

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School-based mental health services, staff roles, and programs

  • School-based services offered
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Counselors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists
  • Resources


Family Resources

Fun activities that are healthy, entertaining, safe, and educational!

  • Academics and enrichment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Assistance Resources


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Explore tools and strategies to manage emotions and stress and calm both the brain and body.

  • Guided meditations and relaxation
  • Live cameras
  • Resources and apps
  • Yoga and stretches


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Student mental health supports around COVID-19, remote learning, and more

  • COVID-19 anxiety
  • Remote learning/hybrid learning anxiety
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the return to school
  • Depression, suicide, substance abuse, and other mental health issues
  • Find help in your school
  • Find help in your community


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Learn more about our comprehensive, evidence-based suicide prevention program and resources.

  • Suicide prevention programs
    • QPR
    • Sources of Strength
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Community outreach and training opportunities
  • Safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments
  • Restorative Practices
  • Crisis resources
  • Community resources

community resources

Jeffco Schools Foundation Jeffco Schools Foundation -Thanks to our generous community, Jeffco Schools Foundation is able to continue to provide supports over the Summer of 2020 for students and families impacted by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Through the leadership of our District, and in partnership with our community partners, corporate partners, and volunteers, we are able to continue to offer internet support for qualifying families as well as food and essential supports.
Jeffco Library logo Jefferson County Public Library - Explore new worlds, embark on harrowing adventures, and meet the most interesting people in the world - all from your own home. Reading has the power to transport us, no matter where we are. Join a camp, class, or daily exercise with Jefferson County Public Library and make this summer unforgettable.           
Action Center logo The Action Center - The Jeffco Action Center is the largest Jeffco Community hub and offers five-day food supplies, clothing, household items, mail services, rent assistance, utility assistance, and connections to community outreach partners. Food services are available for drive-thru and walk-up service. Appointments required. 720.215.4850.
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.
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.
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.
Jeffco Families logo  Jeffco Families Colorado  – Find childcare, preschool, and school-age programs in Jefferson County.
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