Resources & Support for Students and Families

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:12
Dear Englewood Schools Community,
 
It is with great sadness that I am writing this letter. We are aware that there have been several suicides recently in neighboring school districts in the Denver Metro area. Our hearts and thoughts go out to our friends and neighbors who are suffering from these losses.
 
While none of these students are Englewood students, we know that our students or their friends may have been affected, or they may be hearing about these events on social media. Suicide can be highly contagious among teenagers, and the proliferation of social media seems to have elevated that potential in many cases around the country. If you or your child observe any social media posts that indicate someone might be at imminent risk of self harm, we highly encourage you to contact law enforcement so that they might provide immediate help and intervention.  Additionally, Safe2Tell, a statewide anonymous tip line that routes directly to law enforcement, has been instrumental in providing a resource for reporting that has resulted in help being sent when a child is describing unsafe behavior or thinking toward themselves or others. You can contact Safe2Tell by visiting www.safe2tell.org or by calling 1-877-542-7233.
 
In Englewood, we are adding additional resources in the area of mental health support for our students during this time. If you feel that your student needs additional support for any reason, please reach out to his or her counselor or principal.
 
We would also like to provide you with resources you might need to assist your student through this and other difficult situations. This publication from the National Association of School Psychologists can help you speak to your student about grief as well as help you look for warning signs that more support is needed.
 
While it is difficult, talking about suicide with your student is very important. This reference from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide may help you get started with this vital conversation, and help you to recognize any suicide warning signs.
 
Finally, we’d like to provide you with two crisis resources that anyone can access when they need help or are worried about others. These resources allow you or your student to talk, text, or chat online with mental health professionals:
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. This resource offers 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals.
  • Crisis Text Hotline:  Free, 24-hour support for people in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
These recent events are heavy on our hearts, as we sure they are on yours. Please make sure you are taking care of your own mental health during this time. Our top priority remains the safety of our students, staff and families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Wendy Rubin, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Englewood Schools

 

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