Mental Health Matters
Services throughout the 2021-22 school year
PSD is committed to the social and emotional health of students, families and staff, especially during these uncertain times.
I Matter - Every Colorado youth is eligible for three free therapy sessions
Youth and their parents can visit the I Matter platform to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed behavioral health clinician, primarily online over telehealth. State law allows youth ages 12 and up to use the platform independently; youth ages 11 and younger will need their parent or guardian's consent to sign up. Learn more on the I Matter platform.
Connections with students
PSD Special Service Professionals (SSP) - mental health specialists, counselors, social workers and psychologists - are focused on re-establishing a sense of safety, belonging, and connection for students this year. Teams are prepared to support students who are experiencing feelings of isolation, depression, uncertainty, disappointment, anxiety, and grief and loss.
Staff will continue serving and supporting students with disabilities.
SSPs will connect with previously-served students (at all levels) and offer support to best meet their needs. This works involves re-engagement with those students, their families and community partners who have supported them during the summer.
Mental health staff will continue to support students who are unsafe to themselves or others through a collaborative response with school staff, the student, their family and community providers to ensure the student's safety and connection to resources.
Supporting parents and guardians will continue to be a critical component of student success.
- Mental health professionals are available to help parents throughout the year in any phase of learning.
- If possible, educational opportunities for parents will be offered about the COVID impact on youth mental health issues, child and adolescent development, and trauma recovery.
Support if remote learning is in place
Mental health professionals will incorporate best practices to remotely support the mental health needs of all students and families. This work includes identifying barriers to successful remote learning, assisting parents and guardians in identifying needed supports and helping them access any needed community supports.
Mental health staff will provide:
- Consistency in daily routines to reduce stress and promote positive learning conditions.
- Social and emotional learning programs and support to engage students and connect them to tools and resources for remote learning.
- Opportunities for students to share and process their emotions.
Additional outreach, trainings and collaboration
- Coordination with educators, principals and other staff to support student learning.
- Education for staff to enhance understanding of students’ and families’ mental health needs and additional challenges during remote learning.
- Trainings and support focused on connections and relationships with students, staff resiliency, and strengthening students’ sense of safety and affiliation within their school.
- Interventions for students focused on re-establishing peer relationships following remote learning.
- Continued outreach for students who face challenges with changing school models
- Virtual outreach to students who don't physically return to schools if they open.