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Our hearts are so heavy with the recent mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. In times like these, library staff play a crucial role in helping to support their most vulnerable populations, which includes those who were targeted in this attack. Here are some resources that have been shared that may be of help during this time. Admittedly, it’s not much, but it helps knowing that we need never to be alone.
The Center on Colfax: Please share the following link with anyone seeking resources, support and information to support the victims of the Club Q shooting: https://lgbtqcolorado.org/clubq/.
Colorado Crisis Services: For help with any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844- 493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255. Our trained professionals provide free, immediate, and confidential help, 24/7/365. Learn more at ColoradoCrisisServices.org.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Learn more at 988Lifeline.org. Youth can request a counselor who specifically focuses on the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults via call, text, and chat.
OwnPath: OwnPath connects Coloradans with behavioral health providers licensed by the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and to search for specific services or use a guided search to identify providers or resources that best meet their needs. Learn more at OwnPath.co.
Youth-Focused Crisis Services and Mental Health Resources
Below the Surface: Below the Surface aims to help teens connect to and get support from the Colorado Crisis Services (CCS) text line. Text TALK to 38255 to speak with a trained counselor 24/7 on a personal, free, confidential line. Learn more at BelowTheSurfaceCo.com.
IMatter: I Matter provides up to six free therapy sessions for any Colorado youth 18 years of age or younger, or 21 years of age or younger if receiving special education services. Therapy is provided by licensed clinicians in Colorado. Visit IMatterColorado.org to sign up for free therapy sessions.
Inside Out Youth Services: Inside Out Youth Services builds access, equity, and power with LGBTQIA2+ young people, through leadership, advocacy, community-building, education, and peer support. Find a list of LGBTQIA+ resources at InsideOutYS.org/Resources.
The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential, and 100% free. Visit TheTrevorProject.org to get connected.
Colorado Springs Focused Crisis Services and Mental Health Resources
A Community Resource Event will be held at UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center (3650 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907) to provide mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, childcare, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals, and other services.
Security for all attendees will be provided by uniformed Colorado Springs police officers. The event is designed to be an inclusive and safe space for all community members to gather, grieve, and obtain emotional support. This event is not open to the media for interviews or camera footage.
Monday, November 21, 2022, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Hard Beauty: Hard Beauty provides recovery services including coaching, support groups, professional development, peer recovery support and community events. Learn more at HardBeauty.life. Hard Beauty will offer recovery services free of charge to anyone who wants or needs additional support at the Community Resource Event (see details above).
Diversus Health: Diversus Health Lighthouse facility in Colorado Springs is a walk-in crisis center for all ages. They provide crisis services, counseling, and psychiatric therapy, as well as round-the-clock acute care for mental wellbeing. Learn more at DiversusHealth.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado Springs: NAMI Colorado Springs creates and cultivates a welcoming community of peers who educate, support and advocate for people and families living with mental health conditions. It offers in-person and virtual support groups. Learn more at NAMIColoradoSprings.org.
PeakView Behavioral Health: Peak View offers complimentary assessments 24/7 for individuals of all ages seeking help and support for mental health and/or substance use in Colorado. Learn more at PeakViewBH.org.
Talking with Children and Teens after a Mass Shooting
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): SAMHSA provides resources for parents, caregivers, and educators on helping children and teens through traumatic events, such as this guide, Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: NCTSN also provides many resources on working with children through a variety of traumatic experiences, including coping with acts of mass violence.
Donations to Support Club Q Victims and Their Families: The Colorado Healing Fund is an organization that provides a secure way to donate to victims of mass violence in our state. Learn more and donate at ColoradoHealingFund.org.