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SUICIDE PREVENTION

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The inaugural 437 Project run comes at a crucial time for the state, as suicide claimed more South Dakotans lives than ever in reordered history last year. In 2021, the state recorded 198 suicide deaths, according to the state’s Department of Health.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack hears from a reader whose friend, a longtime caregiver for his wife with dementia, died by suicide.
After recently losing his teenage son, a grieving dad faces his first Father's Day. It's a reminder that we need to be there for parents who have lost children — and be grateful for our own families as well, columnist Tammy Swift says.
Gun buying among African Americans has soared in recent years. At the same time, suicide rates have increased among young Black men. Experts believe the trends may be linked, because having a gun in the home increases suicide risk exponentially, for every person who lives there.
Large randomized trial found outreach via electronic messaging was no better and sometimes worse than usual care.

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