Schools, community building support for depressed youth


Schools, community building support for depressed youth

Holidays can be blue for kids, too

Schools, community building support for depressed youth

Counselors offer tips for healthier holidays

Many people are blue during the holidays, and that includes kids.
Counselors Sarah St. John and Ian Lennox at Miller Middle School have some advice for students and parents on getting through the holidays – and life – safely.
“Stay present in your child’s world,” St. John said. “Having healthy communication is primary because you are the grounding anchor in that child’s world.”
Notice patterns, because changing patterns can indicate depression.
“Put down your phone or whatever device you’re on and have a conversation, look at each other,” St. John said. “It’s really important to pay attention, especially during a fragile time like adolescence.”
Help students with coping skills.
“We’re working with them to strategize on how to deal with stressful situations. We’re helping them help themselves over break,” St. John said.
School District 9-R School-Based Health Centers at Durango High and Florida Mesa Elementary schools will be open for limited hours over the break, and students in any grade can access help there, whether on private insurance, Child Health Plan Plus or a sliding payment scale.

Resources for help

Help for people having suicidal thoughts or loved ones who fear a person is considering killing themselves can be found from these sources:
In La Plata County: Visit and click on Suicide Prevention for a list of trained gatekeepers.
Axis Health Systems: 24-hour Hotline at 247-5245.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Crossroads Center: 403-0180.
Boys & Girls Club Hotline: (800) 448-3000.
Safe2Tell: (866) 542-7233.
The 4 Corners Rainbow Youth Center: (970) 903-8595.
Colorado Crisis Support Line: (844) 493-8255. The line has mental-health professionals available to talk to adults or youths about any crisis.
Second Wind Fund: 946-9586. The fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization doesn’t take direct calls but requires a referral by a school counselor or mental health professional.
Fort Lewis College Counseling Center: 247-7212.
A website for adult men contemplating suicide, who often are unwilling to seek help, is available at

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