Mental Health Support Center

The JFK Mental Health Team includes a team of social workers, a school psychologist, a school nurse and school counselors available to support students with their social-emotional needs.

Some of the services provided by the team include:

  • Crisis Intervention (harm to self, harm to others, self-injury)
  • Student Support Groups
  • Short-Term Individual Social Emotional Counseling
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Issues
  • Resources on a variety of topics, including stress, anxiety, depression, healthy relationships, bullying, suicide, among others.
  • Referrals to Mental Health Counseling, including in-house referrals to our full time JFK MHCD staff member Amy Tedoff.
  • Referrals to School Nurse and Denver Health School Based Health Clinic, including sexual health counselor and substance abuse STEP Counselor
  • Special Education Mental Health Evaluations and Services
  • CDE Health Professional Substance Abuse Prevention Grant
  • JFK Resource Room

JFK Resource Room (Room 229)

Located in Room 229, the JFK Resource Room offers students or families FREE access to essential resources like clothing (including winter coats), shoes, backpacks, school supplies, deodorant, shampoo toothbrushes, etc. Additionally, there is access to free prom and formal dance attires through a community resource known as Bella Boutique.

Colorado Department of Education School Health Professional Grant

JFK received a three-year CDE grant to implement school-wide substance abuse and socio-emotional curriculum. JFK is currently in Year 2 of this grant. JFK offers three programs under this grant: 1) Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI) 2) Signs of Suicide and 3)Sources of Strength. JFK also participated in the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey as part of this grant. For more information about this grant, visit CDE SHPG.

Denver Health Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment (STEP) Counselor

Denver Health’s STEP Program offers a 12-week outpatient treatment program for adolescents and young adults. They offer effective treatment to help motivate adolescents to stop using drugs and alcohol, even if they do not initially think there is a problem. Using evidence based practices, they collaborate with teenagers and youth to identify new approaches to life’s challenges and create the meaningful life they want to live.JFK has just received 2.5 years funding for a Denver Health STEP Drug Counselor who can see students here on-site at JFK for substance abuse counseling and treatment. For more information, visit Denver Health.

Attention Seniors: Are you a Senior that needs help paying for items related to your Senior year at JFK (Graduation Cap & Gown, Prom Ticket, etc.)? If so, there is limited funding is available to cover some school fees on a case-by-case basis. This is first come, first serve, so please contact a member of the JFK Mental Health Team ASAP.

 

Mental Health Team

  • Annie Walden-Newman, School Social Worker (Room 229)
  • Richard Knight, School Psychologist (Room 228)
  • Shea Caballero, School Counselor – Last Names A-E (Room 203)
  • Joe Naughton, School Counselor – Last Names F-Mars (Room 203)
  • Kelly Bravo, School Counselor – Last Names Mart-P (Room 205)
  • Meghan Martiniere, School Counselor – Last Names Q-Z (Room 205)
  • Amy Tedoff, Mental Health Clinic Denver Therapist (Room B-10)
  • Shirley Sorenson, School Nurse (School Clinic by Main Office)