17th Annual Suicide Prevention Walk

Front Porch Coalition

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota has the sixth highest rate of suicides in the U.S. and is the leading cause of death for teens in the Black Hills.

On Saturday the Front Porch Coalition hosted its 17th annual Suicide Awareness Walk in memory of those who passed and to bring awareness to how prominent the issue is in the Black Hills.

“You’re not going to know until you ask. The early prevention is key in getting somebody help early is important and what it will take to prevent the death,” said Stephanie Schweitzer-Dixon the organization’s executive director.

Many times signs of depression and other mental illnesses can be subtle and even out of the ordinary. Signs range from insomnia, crying, weight changes, and even sudden euphoria. Symptoms vary by case.

“The key thing is a change in somebody, something that is not quote-on-quote normal, something that is not typical of that individual.”

If you see a change say something. Lifestyle changes can also trigger suicidal thoughts or depression.

If you or someone you know lost a job, a family member, or are under a lot of stress the safest form of prevention is seeking help during those transitional times.

“Reach out to someone and ask for help, that there is help available, and this too shall pass,” said Laura Boyd who lost her son in 1994. After her son’s passing, she decided to advocate for suicide prevention and is now with the Front Porch Coalition.

The Front Porch Coalition hopes to abolish suicide and help as many people as they can. They have plenty of resources for those who are struggling, have made an attempt to self-harm, and those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

If you or someone you know needs help you can contact the coalition, the National Suicide Hotline or Crisis Text Line.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line :  Text HOME to 741741

Front Porch Coalition Website: http://www.frontporchcoalition.org/ .


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