Suicide prevention week to start SundayPIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday through Sept. 15 as Suicide Prevention Week in South Dakota.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday through Sept. 15 as Suicide Prevention Week in South Dakota.
Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries, and is now the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause of all deaths in South Dakota.
This year’s theme, Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines, “emphasizes the need for all health care professionals to work together, at the local level, to help prevent future suicides in the state,” said Gib Sudbeck, program manager with the state Department of Social Services’ Prevention Program.
Help can be obtained in South Dakota communities for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes. Call the suicide crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a family physician, a psychiatrist, a medical emergency room, or a community mental health center.
For more information, log on to sdsuicideprevention.org.