Resources for the Home

Local Resources to Meet Basic Needs:

Child Protection

Clothing Assistance

  • Serving Kids 303-982-2210
    • Serving kids provides a week's worth of new or near-new clothing for any student in jeffco schools who may need it.


Homeless Assistance

Housing Assistance

Relatives Raising Children

Utility Assistance

**This list is not comprehensive. For additional resources dial 211 on your phone 24/7 or click HERE to go to 211's website.

Mental Health Resources

General Information on Childhood Mental Illness

ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Anxiety Resources

Autism Resources


    • Maintained by the federal government with current research on identifying bullying, its effects, and data driven prevention.




  • Judi's House (Grief counseling for children and families) 720-941-0331
    • "Our mission is to help children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one find hope and healing within themselves. At Judi's House, an environment of acceptance and understanding allows children and adults in peer support groups to share the experience of loss with others."
  • Books:
    • Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved
    • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown
    • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes

Mental Health Counseling Services

  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health 303-425-0300 (24 hour hotline)
    • Call if you or someone you know...
      • has a mental health crisis
      • are concerned about a mental health problem and you want to talk it through with someone
      • would like to schedule an appointment at their clinic
      • want information about resources in your community
  • Kaiser Behavioral Health (303) 471-7700
    • 8:30-4:30 Mon-Fri, closed for lunch from 11:30-12:30
    • 3 Mental health Facility locations
    • Services offered for children, teens, families and adults dealing with emotional and behavioral problems, such as:
      • depression
      • anxiety
      • attention disorders (ADHD)
      • Alcohol and other chemical dependency
  • Families First Colorado
    • Family support services...
    • parent education
    • support groups
    • spanish support services
    • For times when parenting gets tough: 1-800-children (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily)
  • **If you are interested in finding a mental health provider that works in a private practice setting, please ask me for more info. I have numerous referrals for therapists in the Denver metro area**


Self-Harm/Self-Injury Resources

Suicide/Risk Prevention

  • safe2tell 1-877-542-SAFE (anonymous)
    • Call if you have information about...
      • Bullying, guns, animal cruelty, threats, sexual abuse, vandalism/graffiti, drugs, gangs, thefts, or suicide threats
  • Second Wind Fund
    • Offering education, awareness, and treatment to children and youth ages 19 and younger, who are at risk of suicide, with a licensed therapist in their local community.
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
    • Offering education, awareness, and treatment to youth and adults in Jefferson County.
    • Current research and information on suicide research
  • Websites designed for youth (please decide if these websites are appropriate for your youth before allowing them to view alone):
    • JED : Expert information and resources to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Online chatline as well as information about how to help self and others.


The picture to the right/below is a link to Colorado Crisis Services website that lists different resources for individuals dealing with a mental health crisis.

If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. You call 24-7 any day of the year.

Online chat support is also available between 4pm - 12am.

If it is a medical emergency, do not call the crisis line. Call 911.

Sesame Street has "toolboxes" with a variety of tips, videos, and activities to help you talk about a variety of topics with your children. Topics include a variety of difficult subjects such as grief, divorce, military, and much more. There are also a variety of "toolboxes" on topics that all children experience such as health habits, math, national parks, etc.

Resources families can use to support the social emotional learning of their student:


The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

    • Identifying emotions
    • Accurate self-perception
    • Recognizing strengths
    • Self-confidence
    • Self-efficacy

Click on the picture to the left/below for some ideas about teaching children to use positive self-talk to build self-confidence

This is a great article that has suggestions for questions to ask and discussion to have with your youth to help them form self-awareness and a positive mindset


The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

    • Impulse control
    • Stress management
    • Self-discipline
    • Self-motivation
    • Goal-setting
    • Organizational skills

Here is a great link to a list of coping skills that can be used at home:

"18 easy coping skills for children and teens. Great replacement behavior strategies to reduce stress."

This is a great craft that you can make with your child at home. They can use the "calm down jar" when they are upset to sooth them.

This website does a great job of detailing ways to help your child manage their anger and anxiety. The first image has resources for anger and the second for anxiety.

Social Awareness:

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

    • Perspective-taking
    • Empathy
    • Appreciating diversity
    • Respect for others

Click on the image to access an activity you can easily do at home with your kids to support their development of empathy by teaching them about name calling.

Relationship Skills:

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

    • Communication
    • Social engagement
    • Relationship-building
    • Teamwork

Here are some games that you can play as a family or encourage them to play with other children to practice teamwork and communication skills


This is a great resource from Drake Middle School's Counseling Website with tips that you can share with your student about how to handle rumors and gossip. Here is a link to Drake Counseling's site:

How Do I Handle Rumors and Gossip.doc

Responsible Decision-Making:

The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

    • Identifying problems
    • Analyzing situations
    • Solving problems
    • Evaluating
    • Reflecting
    • Ethical responsibility

This is a great article about teaching your children to make responsible decisions that are developmentally appropriate. Follow this link to get to the article:

Resources that cover multiple categories:

This is a great resource that I found through Oberon Middle School's Counseling Website about how to talk to your student about difficult topics. Here is a link to Oberon Counseling's site:

You can access NBC's Parent Toolkit by clicking on this image. To use this toolkit you select your child's grade and then select which developmental area you would like to learn more about: academic, nutritional, physical, or social and emotional. Basic information is provided for what your child is working on at each developmental level as well as suggestions on how you can support their healthy development in all four areas.

Child Mind Institute has a variety of resources and information for families on mental health disorders, learning disorders, and a variety of challenges that many families share such as divorce, body image, discipline, media, etc.

Click on this picture to get suggestions of how to discipline your child in a positive and intentional way that supports the development of social and emotional skills.

How can I support social emotional learning in my child?

Click on this picture to utilize this interactive tool that discusses child development and how to support child social emotional learning for a variety of different categories

Remember that your children are always watching and learning from you, for better or worse! Be the person you want your child to be.

The following link has a list of books, developed by leaders in the field of SEL, recommended for parents who are looking to gain more knowledge on supporting the social emotional development of their children: