Mental Health and Counseling
Aurora Public Schools aims to become a trauma-informed school district, with the foundational belief that obtaining a developmentally relevant and biologically sensitive lens will not only impact the student population who has been impacted by trauma, but more importantly, boost the resilience of all staff and students. It is imperative that all of our staff know and understand human neurobiology to provide the best educational environments.
Resources In Response to Current Events:
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
All APS employees have free, 24-hour, confidential access to counseling services offered through our Employee Assistance Program.
Suicide Prevention & Crisis Resources
Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
Lifeline Chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ youth): 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678, or visit TrevorChat (www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now)
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Prevention Resources (in-home therapy, low cost therapy, and more!)
Colorado just became the first state to offer FREE mental health support for young people. Anyone under the age of 18 can visit iMatterColorado.org and schedule a no cost mental health screening and up to six sessions with a mental health professional. Children 11 or younger will need a parent or guardian to complete the process.
Your student is able to schedule short-term therapy visits at no cost to APS families! Hazel’s licensed therapists can help with everything from stress, bullying, and relationship issues to anxiety, depression, and grief. This service will be available at school during school hours and at home from 7am-7pm. Contact your school’s mental health and counseling team or visit hazel.co/mental-health to learn more!
June is Pride Month!
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
Pride Month is for everyone to embrace who they are and let the world know — in style! The rainbow aptly signifies the colorful activities and flavors of this month-long celebration. These include massive rallies, pride parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and countless more LGBTQ+ events to attract participants from all over. The Pride community takes huge pride in their movement, going all out for the festivities with elaborate costumes, makeup, and, of course, glitter — so that they sparkle for the whole world to see!
Commemorations and memorials are also held for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. Campaigns and rallies aim to promote and preserve the history and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Check out this site for resources and continued learning!