While the holidays can be a time of joy, they can also be a time of stress and depression. District 51 and Mesa County Public Health have teamed up to get mental health resources out to the community during the holiday season.
It’s no secret that Mesa County has a high suicide rate, especially among teenagers. And Christmas time can bring on episodes of depression and suicidal thoughts in people who are dealing with loneliness, problems in their lives, and emotional and mental illness.
So, D51 and MCPH have put together a video and sent letters out to parents to help them spot signs of trouble, and to provide information on resources available to help.
Below is the letter sent out with information on those resources and links to the videos produced for students and parents to watch:
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 and Mesa County Public Health would like to remind all parents, students, and staff of the mental health resources available in Mesa County, particularly when students are about to spend more than two weeks away from their usual support systems at school, including counselors.
The school district and MCPH together sent a letter to all D51 parents and staff today that reminds them of the many free, confidential resources available to people of all ages around the clock at any time of the year. The letter is accompanied by a video created by Central High School students to bring awareness to suicide prevention resources. The video is also on Facebook and YouTube.
Please join us in reminding Mesa County residents that there is always help available by posting, printing, sharing, and airing the following contact information.
Colorado Crisis Services
Confidential and immediate support for anyone in crisis
Call: 844-493-8255 (TALK)
Crisis Text Line
Text anonymously with a trained counselor
Text: “CO” to 741741
Call for crisis support or to learn about local mental health services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Support for anyone who feels suicidal or for their friends or family members
Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Visit: suicidepreventionlifeline.org and click “Chat”
Anonymously report a number of issues, including the possibility that someone may be suicidal, to local law enforcement and school security and administration
Text: Download texting app on Apple or Google Play App Store