Littleton Public Schools also working to find solutions

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The Littleton Public Schools community is mourning the death by suicide of an Arapahoe High School student, the subject of a letter sent to parents in late October.

LPS has seen suicides across recent years, including two just days apart from each other at Arapahoe High in fall 2018. In response, LPS has developed a variety of programs over the past several years. The district’s mental health resource program connects families with a network of more than 200 mental health care providers, according to LPS, and district’s foundation will even pay for services for families in need.

LPS has also welcomed a long-term study into the relationship between characteristics of communities and youth suicide. Dr. Anna Mueller, a professor of sociology from Indiana University, is leading the study, while her colleague Sarah Diefendorf is conducting a concurrent study in Mesa County on Colorado’s Western Slope. The study will be conducted over two school years, concluding in 2021.

Mueller is not being paid by LPS, though officials are glad the study is taking place, according to Nate Thompson, the district’s director of social, emotional and behavioral services.

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