At St. Mary's Academy the counseling department provides social and emotional support to JK-12th grade students through a comprehensive counseling program. School counselors provide short-term support to help students work through personal, social, emotional, and developmental issues that impact their school success. Students can receive counseling support through individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom guidance. Some of the topics school counselors can help students address include:
Grief and Loss
While parents may not be advised of every student-counselor interaction, they will be notified when there is a concern for student safety. Please contact the school counselors for more information and available resources.
Safe 2 Tell: Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community. https://safe2tell.org/home
Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 (Text “TALK” to 38255) Colorado’s first statewide resource for mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. You can call about anything in your life that you feel you need help with or want to talk about. http://coloradocrisisservices.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255: Free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Eating Disorder Foundation: The Eating Disorder Foundation engages in education and advocacy initiatives together with timely support and help in identifying appropriate treatment options for individuals with eating disorders and their families.
The Dougy Center- The National Center for Grieving Children and Families: Provide support and resources for children, teens, young adults and their families dealing with loss/grief. https://www.dougy.org
Judi’s House- Non-profit organization in Denver which provides support and resources for grieving children and families. https://www.judishouse.org
Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: Tobacco and Nicotine information.
Vaping Youth Help Advisory: Youth Vaping and Use Advisory
Child Mind Institute: Resources, support, and education for children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. https://childmind.org
Love and Logic- Positive parenting strategies and techniques to help build health relationships with your child. https://www.loveandlogic.com
Second Step: Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum used by the Lower School.
Rachel Simmons - Author, educator, and cofounder of the Girls Leadership Institute.
Enough As She Is by: Rachel Simmons
Little Girls Can Be Mean by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert
The Gift of Failure by: Jessica Lahey
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by: Frances Jensent and Amy Nutt
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies To Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by: Daniel Siegel & Tina Bryson
Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by: David Walsh
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James