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Mental Health Resources

Better Education, Resources and Suicide Intervention and Prevention

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.

The Facts

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:

  • Talking about dying: Any mention of dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting oneself or other types of self harm.
  • Recent loss: Through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship, self-confidence, self-esteem, loss of interest in friends, hobbies or activities previously enjoyed.
  • Change in personality: Sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic.
  • Change in behavior: Can't concentrate on school, work or routine tasks.
  • Change in sleep patterns: Insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, or nightmares.
  • Change in eating habits: Loss of appetite and weight, or overeating.    
  • Fear of losing control: Acting erratically, harming self or others.
  • Low self esteem: Feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt, self-hatred, "everyone would be better off without me."
  • No hope for the future: Believing things will never get better, or that nothing will ever change.

What can we do at LPS as the Board of Education?

Mental Health Resources

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.