Mayor Steve Allender declares a mental health awareness and suicide prevention day
RAPID CITY, S.D. —The second leading cause of death among South Dakotan’s between 15 and 34 is suicide, and an overwhelming amount have underlying mental health illnesses.
To focus awareness on both mental health and suicide, Saturday, August 29 was proclaimed Healthy Minds: Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Day. The event was held at Rushmore Mall, and featured breakout sessions, events, live music and a strong man competition.
Events were also held on Zoom and Facebook, allowing people to distance and still participate in sessions teaching people coping mechanisms as well as support training.
“The main thing is we want people to know that there are a lot of resources, various agencies,” said Stardust Red Bow, the Healthy Minds Planning Committee Chair. “We have a lot of the non-profits here and government agencies. Let people know that there’s activities you can be involved in and being healthy mentally also involves being healthy physically.”
To end the day, the Front Porch Coalition held a benefit concert at the Rapid City VFW.