LPS promotes suicide prevention through many avenues. Elementary schools use morning meetings, Social Emotional Learning and mental health education, including programs including Second Step, Random Acts of Kindness, and In Focus. Secondary schools utilize health class, advisories, student leadership groups, and programs including Sources of Strength.
The LPS Suicide Risk Review protocol is initiated whenever a student appears to be at risk of suicide, self-harm, or other significant mental health problems. School psychologists, counselors, and social workers (and many other staff) are trained in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) model through Livingworks, Inc. The process includes interviewing the student to assess potential risks and protective factors and working with parents to identify the best course of action. In serious cases, a student may be transported to an urgent care facility by a School Resource Officer or by ambulance. Every attempt to contact parents will be made prior to taking any urgent action. If your child has been evaluated or hospitalized for suicide risk outside of school hours, we strongly encourage you to contact the counselor, social worker or psychologist at the school to support with safety planning.
If you are concerned about someone else being potentially suicidal, you can call 9-1-1, or make a report using the anonymous Safe2Tell hotline. If you are not sure how to obtain mental health therapy services, please contact your child’s school. The Second Wind Fund and other organizations can provide services at low or no cost.
LPS also provides ASIST training free of charge to Littleton community members twice each year. For more information on how to get trained, please contact the LPS Dept. of Social, Emotional, and Behavior Services at (303)347-3383.