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
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 three sessions with a mental health professional. Children 11 or younger will need a parent or guardian to complete the process.
Starting January 4th, 2022 your student will be 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!
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the reclaiming of the Second Temple led by Judah the Maccabee, running from the evening of November 28th to the evening of December 6th. It is celebrated by lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and eating latkes and sufganiyot. The story of Hanukkah reminds us of resilience, finding light in times of darkness, and being with family.