Suicide is a tough issue in our community. Colorado Springs is #5 in the nation in suicides, and Academy District 20 has suffered the most student suicides out of any school district in Colorado. These are shocking statistics, and truthfully, down right unacceptable. After I was a police officer, I expanded my education into the behavioral and social sciences, and became a child clinical psychotherapist for kids with criminal tendencies. I obtained advanced training and experience in suicide prevention among youths. Our leadership must have knowledge is this field. I will make sure our children have the mental health resources they need, as well as our schools have the tools they need to recognize a student in crisis.