Mayor Allender to proclaim September as National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention MonthRAPID CITY, S.D. — September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Rapid City officials are bringing attention to the crisis while also recognizing the dedicated efforts going on locally to address the issue.

South Dakota saw the highest rate of death to suicide ever recorded in 2021 with Pennington County seeing a 24% increase in deaths to suicide compared to the previous year.

Mayor Steve Allender will share a mayoral proclamation at Monday night’s Rapid City Council meeting.

“While there is no single cause for suicide, there are risk factors and warning signs which may increase the likelihood of an attempt and learning about these can help save lives,” reads the proclamation. “Resiliency begins early in life within families, day cares and schools and can be strengthened and reinforced through the life span. For those that suffer with mental health conditions, early detection and adequate treatment are key to reducing the risk of suicide.”

The mayor’s proclamation recognizes the work of the Front Porch Coalition, citing the organization’s work encouraging relatives, friends, co-workers and providers to recognize the early warning signs of mental health issues, and guide those in need to appropriate services and support.

Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States with 45,979 Americans dying by suicide in 2020 and 1.2 million attempting suicide. In 2020, the United States had one death by suicide every 11 minutes.

For people aged 10-34 years, suicide is the leading cause of death.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a resource available nationwide to those in mental health distress and their families, and by calling or texting 988, a person in need is connected with mental health professionals.

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