While talking about suicide can be really tough, or maybe even uncomfortable, it’s important to recognize the work that is going on in our state. As part of the 2020-2025 South Dakota Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan, we have made it a priority to highlight “bright spots” in our state, through organization’s success stories. These organizations are working to change the narrative, and inspire hope among those that may be struggling, or know somebody who is.
If you, a family member, or friend are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression or anxiety, please know help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 and provides free and confidential support to individuals who may be struggling or experiencing a crisis. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1.800.273.TALK (8255). You can also text the Crisis Text Line by texting “Hello” to 741741.
Lost&Found came to life in 2010 thanks to a team of soon-to-be college students committed to making a difference in the lives of peers struggling with depression and suicide. Today, Lost&Found serves students on the campuses of University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Augustana University. Lost&Found offers resource awareness programming and support for students at risk for depression and suicide. Learn more about Lost&Found at http://resilienttoday.org
Wani Wacin, I Want to Live, is a message that is prevalent in Lower Brule, South Dakota. Join us to learn more about the community’s suicide prevention efforts with Ellen Durkin from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.
Capital Area Counseling Service
Capital Area Counseling Service (CACS) began implementing Zero Suicide practices in 2016 following the guidelines available from the Zero Suicide Institute. “The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable.” CACS actively participates in statewide Zero Suicide workshops and partners with other behavioral health and primary care providers to promote early identification, treatment and follow-up for individuals considering suicide. To learn more about CACS, visit www.cacsnet.org
Rapid City School District
The Rapid City School District has implemented a multi-faceted prevention, intervention and postvention approach, in an effort to prevent deaths by suicide among both students and staff. Hear more about their efforts as we visit with Sarah Zimmerman, in the video below. If you have any questions regarding the policies and procedures put in place, please feel free to reach out to Sarah directly at Sarah.Zimmerman@k12.sd.us.
Nationally, suicide deaths have increased over the past 20 years and Veteran rates are no exception. The primary mission of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is to advocate with purpose and passion for veterans and link them to superior services, benefits, and support. The Black Hills VA and Sioux Falls VA Health Care systems offer training and means restriction resources across the state, in an effort to reduce deaths by suicide. Learn more about their efforts as we visit with Mark Urban and Jon Feiock.
Veterans, active duty service members and military family members can get specific information about crisis services tailored to the military, which includes the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.