Free Mental Health Counseling Available to all Students
Students who are feeling stressed and in need of emotional support can now access three free mental health counseling sessions made available through a state-sponsored program.
In October, Colorado launched I Matter, in response to growing concern about the number of children who are suffering from mental health and substance abuse problems. Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic made the situation worse.
I Matter participants can take advantage of the program by first filling out a confidential online survey that will connect them with a licensed behavioral health clinician, generally via telehealth. Children younger than 12 need the consent of a parent or guardian.
“This is an important step in helping young people deal with the stress they are feeling in their lives,” said Steve Sandoval, Executive Director of WPS Special Services. “Almost everyone has moments when they need emotional support and there is nothing wrong with reaching out for help”
State officials say that nearly 500 counseling appointments were scheduled in the first two weeks of the I Matter program.
For students who feel like they need immediate help, The Colorado Crisis Services hotline has counselors available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.