Suicide, mental health subjects of RCAS public meeting

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Area School District is hosting a meeting for parents of students and community members in the wake of recent suicides. 

Since the middle of July, eight RCAS students and one staff member have died. Three of those deaths were suicides.  

The meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the City, School Administration Building in the Council Chambers, located at 300 Sixth St. The meeting is meant to provide information about common reactions following a suicide and how adults can help youth cope. Mental health experts and law enforcement will also provide information about suicide and mental illness in adolescents, including risk factors and warning signs of suicide. They will address questions and concerns at the meeting. 

“Suicide is a topic that many would rather not discuss, but we must address it. There are so many students who are hurting right now,” Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon said. “Suicide does more than end one life – it creates a ripple effect throughout a community, as surviving family members and friends experience a range of grief and emotions,” she continued.

If you have any questions, contact RCAS Community Relations Manager Katy Urban at 605-394-4091.

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