Social Media, Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse Resources

Our Roaring Fork Schools Prevention Specialists are available to provide presentations for parents, staff, and community members on a variety of Behavioral Health topics. Below, you will find a variety of links to helpful resources, and you are always invited to contact a prevention specialist in your community for further information or to schedule a presentation.

Resources on Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority-and are empowered to take the correct actions-we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.

LOCAL: The Aspen Hope Center at (970) 925-5858 (

LOCAL: Mindsprings Crisis Hotline at 1-888-207-4004 (

COLORADO: Colorado Crisis Services Support Line: (844) 493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255. The line has mental health professionals available to talk to, live chat or text adults or youths in English and Spanish about any crisis. (

COLORADO: Second Wind Fund: (720) 962-0706. This is not a crisis hotline but the fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization requires a referral by a school counselor or mental health professional. (

COLORADO: Safe2Tell is an anonymous place to report safety concerns, self-harm, concerning behavior, bullying etc. that can save lives. Both students and adults can use: (877) 542-7233 ( See their informational video here.

COLORADO: Voz y Corazon is a teen-led suicide prevention 'club.'

NATIONAL: The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide offers lots of resources for parents. This organization seeks to to reduce the number of youth suicides by encouraging public awareness & education. and Talking to Your Kids about Suicide

NATIONAL: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.(AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy.

NATIONAL: Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth via online chat, text or phone. ( NATIONAL: The National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)

NATIONAL: Preventing Youth Suicide. National Association of School Psychologists. (

NATIONAL: Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers phone, chat, online services (800) 273-8255 English (

NACIONAL de Prevención del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454 en Espanol (

NATIONAL: National Crisis text Hotline: 741741

NATIONAL: Mobile Apps. Safe2Tell and Bark offer reporting and resource apps for parents and teens

Article: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide

Resources on Teens & Risky Behavior

Talking to teens about the brain, behavior, and risk. An excellent summary.

Resources on Bullying

Our schools take bullying extremely seriously. We strive to create a safe learning environment for all our students. Please report any incidents of bullying immediately to the principal’s office or our counseling team.

Safe2Tell. This website allows students and parents to anonymously report dangerous activity ranging from self-harm to drug use to bullying. Please check out this informational video and their website. Call: (877) 542-7233 or visit their website: (

Cyberbullying and the internet: Commonsense Media

Bullying resource list: Click here

Bullying resources:

For additional resources on bullying, Click Here

Resources on Social Media

Social Media is everywhere lately and increasingly it's a big challenge to navigate for both parents and students. Threats of sexual predation, bullying, digital footprints, and data mining are just a few of the potential areas parents need to think about when they allow their children access to smart phones and social media. We encourage families to view the presentation on social media and internet dangers given by special investigator Lee Damuth. We encourage all parents to become informed about the dangers of social media and to that end have provided many resources below. We hope you'll take the time to look through them.

Social Media was not designed with middle school students in mind: Click here for an article explaining why

Article on the most dangerous apps of 2017:

Social media networking safety:

Kids and Socializing Online:

Commonsense Media offers lots of resources on Social Media:

The movie Screenagers is excellent for discussion with students but also offers excellent articles, newsletters, screentime contract samples, and commentary on social media issues on its website.

This website 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. Safe2Tell® is a state-funded strategic initiative of the Colorado Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General.

Teaching kids to be smart about social Media: Kids Health

An excellent resource list of articles on specific apps

Resources on Drug Use

Local Resources

Mindsprings Health offers drug treatment and recovery options.

Youth Recovery Center at Valley View offers drug treatment and recovery options.

Safe2Tell. This website allows students and parents to anonymously report dangerous activity ranging from self-harm to drug use to bullying. Please check out this informational video and their website. Call: (877) 542-7233 or visit their website: (


The Marijuana Talk Kit-- (How to talk to your teens about marijuana and other resources)

The Science of Learning: Marijuana, Learning, and the Teen Brain

Fact Sheet: Youth and Marijuana (English)

Fact Sheet: Youth and Marijuana (Spanish)

Fact Sheet Tips for Parents (English)

Fact Sheet Tips for Parents (Spanish)

How to talk to kids about weed This is a Children's Hospital resource.

Changing the conversation about marijuana: A parents Guide

Is Marijuana Safe for Children and Adolescents? A study by Columbia University

Parent Marijuana Booklet in English

Parent Marijuana Booklet in Spanish

Additional Marijuana Resources in Spanish

Myths & Facts on Marijuana

Marijuana Fact Sheet

Marijuana and Children


Resources on Teens & Vaping include:

Vaping teens have same chemicals in their body as smokers

Talking tips for parents about vaping

How to talk with teenagers about vaping

What parents need to know about Juuling

Vaping is not harmless. New research shows it can be addictive and may lure teens to smoke

Concerns explode over health risks of vaping

Vapor or E- Cigarettes in English and Spanish

Vapor or E- Cigarettes

The Dangers of Vape Pens

New study on E-Cigarettes

Substance Abuse & Drug Use

Youth Prevention & Health Effects

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

Spice, Synthetic Canabis/THC

Substance use resources in English and Spanish

Lean (Purple Drank) Abuse, Addiction, Effects, and Side Effects

Quick Links

2018 Internet Safety Video Recap for Parents

Lead investigator and digital forensics expert Lee Damuth provides a *must-see* presentation for parents on social media, the internet, and how to keep children safe. If your child is online or on any digital media device, we highly recommend you make time to watch the below videos of this 2018 presentation at Basalt Middle School. These The presentation discusses how to keep students safe from bullying and online sexual predators among other important topics.

Internet Safety Resources:

Resource: Is Your Child Ready?

Resource: Cyberbullying Warning Signs

Resource: Questions Parents Should Ask

Resource: Protecting Your Kids Online (English)

Resource: Protecting Your Kids Online (Spanish)

Resource: Tips for Parents When Your Child Cyberbullies Others

Resource: Tips for Parents When Your Child is Cyberbullied

Resource: Tech Tips for Parents (English)

Resource: Tech Tips for Parents (Spanish)

Resource: Gaming Parent Handout (English)

Resource: Gaming Parent Handout (Spanish)

Resource: Sexting (English)

Resource: Sexting (Spanish)

Resource: Social Networking Tips for Parents (English)

Resource: Social Networking Tips for Parents (Spanish)

Resource: You sent a Sext...Now What? (English)

Resource: You sent a Sext...Now What? (Spanish)

Resource: 'Tween Tips (English)

Resource: 'Tween Tips (Spanish)

Website Resources:



Screenagers and Screenagers Guide

Commonsense Media

Additional resources on BMS Website

Watch the Internet Safety Video Presentation with Lee Damuth:

Below is the video from Lee Damuth's Internet Safety presentation. Mr. Damuth is Chief Investigator with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and a member of the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. You can also watch it on our Youtube Channel Here

Resources adopted from Jennifer Elsperman, BMS Principal