Coming Together for Mental Health

Students are at a Crossroads

Adolescence is a crucial period for developing healthy social and emotional habits. Many of our students are already investing in friendships, spending time with trusted adults, and prioritizing exercise, sleep and a healthy diet -- protective factors we know bode well for their future. 

At the same time, anxiety, depression, and addiction are crippling teens at accelerated rates. Disordered eating, self-harm, acts of violence against others, and suicide are but a few of the symptoms, hidden in plain sight, of the complex problems that leave young people vulnerable.

Gun Violence In Our Community

Tragically, our community has again experienced gun violence on a local campus, destroying lives and leaving hundreds of students and their teachers traumatized and fearful. You can help your student cope with this situation by:

Limiting exposure to details and media coverage. Adults also should be mindful of the content of conversations they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers. Continued exposure to media can increase anxiety and fear for both children and adults.

Letting your student ask questions. Give them space to talk, and listen to their feelings. Don’t be surprised if your student doesn't have a lot of questions or concerns - many times teens will quickly return to their typical routines.

Reminding your student that there are many people working together to keep schools safe. There are people they can talk to here at school with their concerns. 

We encourage our entire community to continue to be vigilant to keep Valor safe. If you see something, say something by contacting Safe 2 Tell  1-877-542-7233. You can read more detailed information on how to talk with your child here.

Choosing a Better Response

As a community of committed Christians, we must take the mental health and well-being of our students seriously. To evaluate our own social and emotional habits too, and model appropriate boundaries and self-care while we support our students through adolescence and into adulthood.

These have been priorities since the inception of our school. Today’s challenge is to raise our level of awareness and response. Let's come together to create mentally and emotionally healthy spaces at Valor and our extended community.

Additional Resources

In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911.

Mental Health Crisis Resources
Colorado Crisis Services
1.844.225.0097
Text TALK to 38255
ColoradoCrisisServices.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1.800.273.8255

Safe2Tell
For students to report concerns about a friend
Safe2Tell.org

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Leading Us Toward Wellness

Meet Lindsey Ervin, Valor’s new Social-Emotional Services Coordinator. Ms. Ervin is a licensed mental health professional responsible for designing and implementing a skills-based, school-wide model for preventing, intervening in, and responding to student mental health concerns.

Lindsey.Ervin@ValorChristian.com
303.471.3261

Read Lindsey's note to parents »