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Among possible signs and symptoms of suicidal thought listed by the National Institute of Mental Health are:
• Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling empty, hopeless or having no reason to live
• Making a plan or looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online, stockpiling pills or buying a gun
• Using alcohol or drugs more often
• Giving away important possessions
• Saying goodbye to friends and family
For more on signs and symptoms, go to https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml. For help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.
A Powell Middle School student died of an apparent suicide that occurred on Mark Twain Elementary school grounds at about 6 p.m. Aug. 30, Arapahoe County officials said.
An adult male found the juvenile at the school on South Franklin Street and called police at 5:59 p.m. Aug. 30, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Officials have not released the juvenile's name, age or gender.
The juvenile was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.
The death is the second suicide of a Littleton Public Schools student this week. An Arapahoe High School student died by suicide, not on school grounds, on Aug. 29, Superintendent Brian Ewert said in a letter sent to parents on Aug. 31.
"Our hearts are heavy as we continue to support all of our students and their families," Ewert said. "It is human nature to feel frustration, anger and fear and to look for rationale when people in our community are in crisis. Sometimes simple answers cannot be found. This is when it is most important for us to continue to partner with one another as parents, community and schools to find ways to better address the needs of our families."
Counselors will be available to students, district spokeswoman Diane Leiker said.
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