Personal / Social

Students have many experiences throughout high school that can result in a variety of emotions/challenges that range from happy and rewarding to sad and traumatic.  Heritage High School cares about the well-being of every student.  At times when these emotions/challenges become overwhelming or difficult to handle, we encourage students to seek help whether it be for themselves or a friend.  Parents and teachers can support students also by familiarizing themselves with signs and symptoms of emotional distress and acknowledging that any student can experience distress at one time or another.
 
Heritage Mental Health staff members are available for students while at school.  Parents and guardians are welcome to contact the Mental Health staff members when they have concerns about their students, but when students are not in school and families need help we offer the resources below and to the right.   
 
The Mental Health support at Heritage High School does not take the place of ongoing outside therapy.  

Mental Health Staff Members

Counselor A-F Laronda Lawson llawson[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 303-347-7615
Counselor G-L Maureen Stewart mkstewart[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 303-347-7617
Counselor M-R Candy Riegel criegel[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 303-347-7616
Counselor S-Z Brian Powers bpowers[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 303-347-7614
Counselor Interventionist Allison Oscar

aoscar[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-3639
School Psychologist Carla Cde Baca ccdebaca[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 303-347-7618
Social Worker Christine Angelini cangelini[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 303-347-7658

Important Resources for Families

Suicide Prevention:

Police/Emergency Medical Care - 911

Colorado Crisis Support 24/7/365 - 1-844-493-TALK (8255) - www.coloradocrisisservices.com

Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health - 303-730-3303 Crisis Line - 303-730-8858 Information - www.admhn.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK, 1-800-SUICIDE

Tips to Keep Your Child Safe.pdf

Mental Health First Aid Colorado - http://www.mhfaco.org

Grief and Loss:

Helping Children Cope with Loss Death and Grief.pdf

Other Online Mental Health Resources:           

National Association of School Psychologists - www.nasponline.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness –Colorado - www.namicolorado.org 

Safety:

Safe2Tell  www.safe2tell.org

Safe2Tell® provides young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous.

What to do if you suspect child abuse or neglect - Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. If it is not an emergency, call 1-844-CO-4-Kids or 1-844-264-5437 to report all concerns for a child's safety and well-being.