Many teens in South Dakota know someone who has thought about suicide, attempted suicide or died by suicide.
These statistics are particularly alarming because this does not have to be the case. Suicide is often preventable if one knows the warning signs to look for and is able to access help. There is not an easy answer as to why a young person might want to end their life, as often there are multiple reasons that exist. Sometimes there is an illness such as depression. There may be other triggering factors such as a loss or other stressful life event. In most cases, the youth does not want to die but wants a way to end the unbearable pain they are experiencing.