University of Colorado offers free mental health services for educational workforce statewide

Written by: Lauren Hecht
Date Posted: October 1, 2021

The University of Colorado’s Department of Psychiatry has developed a cache of resources and services for educators, administrators, and support staff intended to help our state’s educational workforce garner the support they need throughout the ongoing pandemic. Some services offered include: 

  • A well-being support line for confidential venting, validation, problem solving, and resources. Available when you call or text (303) 724-2500. 
  • An online support program to learn about stress, trauma, depression, and wellness. Lessons with real-time coaching from licensed crisis counselors offer skills, strategies, and resources for both educators and students. Register here to access this program. 
  • Individual and group support services structured as psycho-educational groups, school-based workshops, and mutual-aid support groups. Call (303) 724-2500 for information on individual sessions. Click here for the monthly group schedule. 
  • An Ask-a-therapist line, where educators can learn how to support the mental health needs of their students, navigate behaviors in their classroom, and understand mental health intervention strategies. Call (303) 724-2500 to speak to a child therapist. 

All of these services are free of charge. The only requirements are that you are a Colorado resident and employed by a school or child care system. This definition extends not only to teachers in classrooms, but to support staff, administrative staff, mental health staff, and early childhood educators in public, private, and charter schools across the state.  

The past 18 months have brought a continuous stream of challenges for our educators that have no clear resolution. We don’t know what the coming year will look like, but quarantines, COVID-19 variants, and other challenges will likely continue to impact our educators personally and professionally. The Children’s Campaign highly encourages our networks to take advantage of and share this program as an essential tool in helping to manage the stresses facing our educational workforce. Learn more here, or email coloradoeducatorsupport@cuanschutz.edu. 

Lauren Hecht

About Lauren Hecht

Lauren Hecht is the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. She is responsible for providing strategic support to the organization’s digital and print communications, social media campaigns, community outreach, and engagement efforts. She previously assisted the border security and migration programs of the Washington Office on Latin America, the office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner, and the Annual and Mutual Aid funds of her college. Lauren graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Political Science and minors in Latin American Studies and Art Studio.