Suicide prevention efforts are most effective when they are guided by a strategic planning process. Strategic planning can help you determine specific problems and populations on which to focus, identify activities that will be effective in preventing suicide, and prioritize your efforts to achieve maximum impact.
In the summer of 2019, Governor Noem tasked state agencies to develop a statewide suicide prevention strategic plan. Together, Department of Health, Social Services, Education, Tribal Relations and Agriculture, as well as the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board formed a work group and developed South Dakota’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. The development of the strategic plan included review of the prior work related to suicide prevention and review of national strategies. A framework including guiding principles, goals, objectives and strategies was created and the drafted strategic plan was distributed to stakeholders and the public in the fall of 2019. The strategic plan was then finalized with the input received. To see South Dakota’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, click here.
The work group has identified priority strategies from the strategic plan, to focus on in 2021. To view these priority strategies, click here.
Want to take action now? There are many opportunities and resources available, click here to learn more!