A suicide crisis, the length of time someone seriously contemplates suicide, tends to be short-lived. Over 25% of teens nationally said it was only 5 minutes from the time they made the decision until they acted on it. Another 30% said it was less than 24 hours. That kind of impulsivity, coupled with alcohol, can be lethal. Most people who think about suicide do not want to die. They just want to end their pain. When suicidal behaviors are detected early and one can restrict access to firearms during that time of suicide crisis, we can save lives.
The Helpline Center has joined other states like Colorado and New Hampshire to work together with gun shops and range owners to prevent suicide.
The resources provided below provide information on firearm safety and reducing assess to lethal means.
Video by: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
South Dakota is working at administering firearm safety information. South Dakota specific information is available below:
How to Safeguard Your Home: The Helpline Center has put together this brochure as a guide to suicide prevention in the home. Interested in printed materials? Please contact the Helpline Center by calling 605-339-4357.