Resources for Families (Social Media, Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Drugs)
Resources on Suicide Prevention
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority-and are empowered to take the correct actions-we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
- LOCAL: The Aspen Hope Center at (970) 925-5858 (https://www.aspenhopecenter.org/)
- LOCAL: Mindsprings Crisis Hotline at 1-888-207-4004 (https://mindspringshealth.org/)
- COLORADO: Colorado Crisis Services Support Line: (844) 493-8255. The line has mental health professionals available to talk to, live chat or text adults or youths in English and Spanish about any crisis. (http://coloradocrisisservices.org/)
- COLORADO: Second Wind Fund: (720) 962-0706. This is not a crisis hotline but the fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization requires a referral by a school counselor or mental health professional. (http://www.thesecondwindfund.org/)
- COLORADO: Safe2Tell is an anonymous reporting of safety concerns, bullying etc. for both students and adults: (877) 542-7233 (https://safe2tell.org)
- COLORADO: Voz y Corazon is a teen-led suicide prevention 'club.' https://mhcd.org/voz-y-corazon/
- NATIONAL: Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth via online chat, text or phone. (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/)
NATIONAL: The National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255
- NATIONAL: Preventing Youth Suicide. National Association of School Psychologists. (https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/preventing-youth-suicide-tips-for-parents-and-educators)
- NATIONAL: Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers phone, chat, online services (800) 273-8255 English (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/)
- NACIONAL de Prevención del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454 en Espanol (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/)
- NATIONAL: National Crisis text Hotline: 741741
- NATIONAL: Mobile Apps. Safe2Tell and Bark offer reporting and resource apps for parents and teens
- ENEWS: Thirteen Reasons Why. This spring 2017 letter from Principal Ellsperman addressed the controversy surrounding this mature Netflix show and the diverse issues it brings up including teen suicide and other mature topics. Should you ever have immediate concerns about youth suicide, contacts include.
- ENEWS: Cutting is a form of self-harm. This spring 2017 letter from Principal Ellsperman provides information on what it is, what to look for, and resources and links for parents.
Article: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide
Resources on Bullying
Cyberbullying and the internet: Commonsense Media
Bullying resource list: Click here
Bullying resources: www.stopbullying.gov
For additional resources on bullying, Click Here
Resources on Social Media
Social Media is everywhere lately and increasingly it's a big challenge to navigate for both parents and middle school students. Threats of sexual predation, bullying, digital footprints, and data mining are just a few of the potential areas parents need to think about when they allow their children access to smart phones and social media. To learn more about social media age restrictions and guidelines, read a 2017 enewsletter by Principal Ellsperman. We encourage all parents to become informed about the dangers of social media and to that end have provided many resources below. We hope you'll take the time to look through them.
- Social Media was not designed with mddle school students in mind: Click here for an article explaining why
- In 2017, BMS hosted special investigator Lee Damuth for an evening of social media awareness for parents. See important social media resources and watch the video here.
- Social media networking safety: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/internet-safety/social-networking-safety
- Kids and Socializing Online: http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0012-kids-and-socializing-online
- Commonsense Media offers lots of resources on Social Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media
- The movie Screenagers is excellent for discussion with students but also offers excellent articles, newsletters, screentime contract samples, and commentary on social media issues on its website. www.screenagersmovie.com
- This website provides young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous. Safe2Tell® is a state-funded strategic initiative of the Colorado Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General. http://safe2tell.org/
- Teaching kids to be smart about social Media: Kids Health
- An excellent resource list of articles on specific apps
Resources on Drug Use
Mindsprings Health offers drug treatment and recovery options.
Youth Recovery Center at Valley View offers drug treatment and recovery options.
Fact Sheet: Youth and Marijuana (English)
Fact Sheet: Youth and Marijuana (Spanish)
How to talk to kids about weed This is a Children's Hospital resource.
Is Marijuana Safe for Children and Adolescents? A study by Columbia University
Parent Marijuana Booklet in English
Parent Marijuana Booklet in Spanish
Additional Marijuana Resources in Spanish
Vapor or E- Cigarettes in English and Spanish
New study on E-Cigarettes
Substance Abuse & Drug Use
Substance use resources in English and Spanish