Department of Social Services “BeThe1” program helps kids talk about a difficult topic

PIERRE, S.D. — The State Department of Social Services says it has re-energized it’s “BeThe1” suicide prevention program that focuses on engaging kids with other kids.

The main focus of the program is to show kids that they are not alone, and that someone out there could be the one who makes a life-saving difference.

BeThe1 stresses that one small effort can help change the mind of somebody who might be contemplating suicide.

Secretary of the Department of Social Services, Laurie Gill said, “We want to give youth the tools to be able to talk to their friends, their classmates, their teammates to try to change their minds. Listen, don’t judge, listen and often times that is all that person needs is somebody to listen to them.”

Gill says she understands this is a difficult topic to discuss, but wants kids to not be afraid to talk about it.

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