Resources for Dealing with Trauma

Dec. 3, 2019
Four elementary students walk arm-in-arm on a field

DPS is actively working with community members, school leaders and city officials to support the needs of our neighborhoods. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of each of our students—your children. Below is a list of DPS- and community-created resources that can be helpful for supporting students and families experiencing trauma:

Person-to-person Resources

Mental Health Center of Denver
Free mental health services

Colorado Crisis and Support Line
Resource for mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis help – information and referrals
844-493-8255, or Text TALK to 38255
Frequently Asked Questions about Colorado Crisis and Support Services

National Suicide Lifeline
24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline

Safe2Tell Colorado
Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community. Offers phone, app and online reporting options.

City and County of Denver Resources
Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips: 720-913-7867 (STOP)
Gang Hotline: 720-913-1339
Report Graffiti: 720-913-1311
Hate Crimes Hotline: 720-913-6458
Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID)

Colorado Legal Services’ Anti-Violence Program
Works to eliminate violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado, and provides the highest-quality services to survivors.

Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives
Works with at-risk youth, their families and the communities affected by gang culture, violence and recruitment by providing alternative positive and structured activities, family support and gang intervention services.

GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project)
Peer-run intervention program that works with youth who are at risk of gang involvement or are presently active in gangs, helps families of gang victims and advocates for youth.

Informational Resources to Share

Talking to Children About Violence (handout)
from the National Association of School Psychologists

A Parent’s Quick Reference Card: Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement
from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Parents’ Guide to Gangs
from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Resources for Victims and Survivors of Gun Violence
available at Everytown for Gun Safety

Suicide Warning Signs
from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Safe2Tell Informational Poster

Hate Crime Resource Guide
from the Colorado Coalition Against Hate, convened by the Anti Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional Office

Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Links and other resources related to violence prevention.