More than 200 educators from 30 different school districts across Colorado accessed the Well-Being Support Line last school year – a resource being offered again this year for any educator.
The free service offered through the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychology and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling program is available to any educator across the state, including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, health care teams and support staff.
Educators and school employees seeking support can talk to a trained crisis counselor volunteer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week via telephone or text message. When educators call, they will be asked to leave a phone number, and a staffer will call or text back. Trained volunteers will listen, offer ideas for problem solving, self-care, or community resources. If an educator needs more support or ongoing mental health care, the staff will help connect callers with more support or ongoing mental health care. Call or text 303-724-2500 or visit this link for more information.
Visit the Colorado Educator Support webpage for more information regarding resources, including an online support program to learn more about skills and strategies for educators to learn how to support themselves and their students with strategies and skills and to learn more about stress, trauma, depression and wellness.