State launches new plan for suicide prevention
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s Department of Health launched its first suicide prevention program in seven years Wednesday.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 15-to-34. The Department of Health says that suicide rates in South Dakota rose nearly 40 percent in the last decade. The new plan focuses on helping people recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide, and gives communities data and resources to raise public awareness of the issue.
The plan was developed by the Departments of Health, Social Services, Tribal Relations, Education, and Agriculture in partnership with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. In addition, nearly 300 residents provided input to the Health Department as part of developing the program.
If you need help, you can call the suicide prevention lifeline — it is open 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
Additional information, resources, and support are available at sdsuicideprevention.org. If you believe someone is at risk for suicide, get help immediately. Don’t wait to call.