Emotional Support for Families is Just a Phone Call Away
Beginning Monday, June 1, Westminster Public Schools is offering its first-ever 24/7 Hopeline to provide emotional support for WPS families over the summer months.
The phone number 720-542-HOPE (4673) will be staffed by a school psychologist and social worker to be on call to provide immediate first-line support for callers and offer referrals to community partners and other resources.
The creation of the Hopeline comes during a difficult time for many families as the coronavirus has created emotional and financial stress for many in the community.
“These are especially stressful times for families, so our goal is to be as responsive to those mental health needs as best we can even when school’s out during summer break,” said Dr. Steve Sandoval who is the Executive Director of Special Services at WPS.
Calls can be made anonymously and confidentially so that callers can speak freely without fear of being judged in any way. It’s important to note that it is not intended to serve as a long-term therapeutic platform for students and families.
“Choosing the word ‘hope’ in our Hopeline was purposeful,” said Dr. Sandoval. “For hope is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another in times of uncertainty or pain. And it’s our hope that our WPS community utilizes this special resource when they need someone to talk to about their situation, someone who is there to listen and help and hopefully point you to the right direction.”