By no means do I profess to be an expert on mental health, however I have personally seen how proper mental health resources can help most people at times when they are feeling down or depressed. I have also seen how inpatient rehab centers can change the lives of those we love.
In LPS, we have seen a suicide epidemic. There is simply no other way to put it.
I have been prolifically affected by such deaths since my own time as a student at Arapahoe High School and now as our teenagers feel the effect in 2019. I have studied this epidemic - now the leading cause of death for those between ages 10-24 - at length, and it is my hope as the Board of Education at Littleton Public Schools, we can quickly move forward with better education, prevention and resources. CLICK HERE to read a new report on the fact kids in Colorado are dying at a record pace from suicide, far higher than the national rate.
I am dedicated to ensuring that all of our schools have proper resources for both students and educators, who often times need support as well.
More than 90% of all people who died by suicide have demonstrated at least some of the following factors, according to the American Psychological Association:
What can we do at LPS as the Board of Education?
The Board's support for better mental health resources in the Littleton Public Schools district is not an option, it is mandatory.
After the STEM shooting in Douglas County Public Schools, the DougCo County Commissioners pledged $10m to improve school security and mental health resources. Our Board of Education must enter similar discussions with Arapahoe County's Commissioners, as all students in Colorado deserve to have their needs met in this unique day and time.