School Psychologist Newsletter
Self-care, Mental Health, & Community Resources
SUMMER 2021 RESOURCES
- Please check out the DPS Summer Resource Guide that includes summer activities, outdoor recreation, mental health supports, housing supports, and more.
- Check out the city of Denver's Youth Program Locator to search TONS of different ways to keep your student active and engaged throughout the summer.
FREE Meals all Summer!
Breakfast and lunch meals will once again be available for pick-up at the school sites and times listed at this link. Please note that dates and times are subject to change.
- Free meals are available Monday – Friday for kids 18 years and younger unless otherwise noted.
- Students do not need to be present for meal pick up.
- No documentation is required to receive meals.
- Meals must be consumed off-site.
Mental Health Crisis Supports
*Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
*National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hour English and Spanish
- *Colorado Crisis Services
Visit a walk-in center
Text "TALK" to 38255
- *Safe2Tell: For anonymously reporting safety concerns
Or, download the Safe2Tell App
- *Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth that are suicidal (and for other LGBTQ youth resources)
Text “START” to 678678
- CU Denver - $10 Counseling Sessions for DPS Students and Families
- Second Wind Fund
- An organization that pays for up to 12 FREE therapy sessions for students experiencing suicidal ideation. Please contact Lauren, the school psychologist, if you think your child may qualify for this service.
ASSET - Our Social Emotional Learning Curriculum at DMHS
This year may be interesting and challenging for a lot of reasons, and one thing that is very important to us is supporting all of our DMHS students in managing their stress. This year, we are implementing weekly social emotional learning lessons during advisement using a curriculum called ASSET. This program is designed to teach students stress-reduction techniques and improve emotional well-being through 3 modules: mindfulness, positive psychology, and positive self-talk. We encourage you to take a look at the free "At-Home Toolkit" to get a taste of what some of these tools look like!
Here are some video resources that will support your student in further developing the skills they have already learned about and practiced:
The Brain Science of Stress:Dr. Daniel Siegel - The “Hand Model” of the Brain (2mins)
Deep Breathing Technique:
Triangle Breathing (1min)
Breathe in Breathe Out Bubble (2 mins)Guided breathing video (3 mins)
Mindful Body Scans:
The Window of Tolerance
We all have a different window of tolerance. How big or small is your window of tolerance? What experiences have you had that make your window the size that it is?
How to Feel your Feelings...
It is actually healthy to feel your feelings! Many of us have learned that feelings and emotions are something to "get rid of" or to "try to control". If you are having big feelings, your mind is trying to tell you something! Try tuning in to your emotions and see what they might be trying to tell you.
Coping Skills - In English and Spanish
Help improve your well-being and widen your window of tolerance by practicing healthy coping skills!