Suicide prevention toolkits available for South Dakota communities

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – The Department of Social Services and the Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota Helpline Center, developed and created toolkits for communities to engage in suicide prevention.

Each toolkit has a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and is targeted to a specific audience or activity. Toolkits available at sdsuicideprevention.org include Building a Coalition, Employer Toolkits, Native American Toolkits, Healthcare Toolkits, Senior Care Toolkits and Military Member and Veteran Related Toolkits.

Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in South Dakota, and the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 15 to 34.

“Preliminary data for 2017 shows the number of suicide deaths in South Dakota will surpass the previous record high of 173 suicide deaths that occurred in 2015,” said Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

In addition to the toolkits, the website lists additional information on the warning signs, how to get help, support groups and upcoming suicide prevention training. Individuals in need of help are encouraged to call the South Dakota Helpline Center at 1-800-271-TALK (8255). Services are available 24/7.

For more information about behavioral health services, or to find a Community Mental Health Center in your area, contact the Department of Social Services’ Division of Behavioral Health at 605-773-3123, toll-free at 1-855-878-6057 or online at dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealth.