Department of Social Services focusing on suicide prevention in adults
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Social Services was recently awarded a $1.2 million federal grant to help prevent suicide in adults 25 and up.
DSS has focused a lot on youth suicide prevention and adults are often overlooked.
Social services will receive $400,000 a year for three years to help prevent adult suicides, with a big chunk of the money going to a program called “Zero Suicide”.
Cabinet secretary for the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Laurie Gill said, “Increase the number of health care organizations that adopted zero suicide. That is a platform and a fundamental belief that suicide is preventable with a goal of reaching zero suicides, and so the way that we do that is to work with health care facilities and institutions to start to train people, and start to have everybody on board with this platform.”
More than 68,000 South Dakotans are expected to be helped over the next three years by way of the federal grant.