Resources for Parents

Whether you’re seeking help for your student or looking to learn more about suicide prevention, we’re here to support you.

If your student is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, please click the button below. We will help you find the support you need.


How to Provide Support as a Parent



Develop Open, Honest Communication

As a parent, you know your student best. You can recognize changes in behavior that may suggest something may be wrong. Make sure you address unfamiliar behavior that is cause for concern. It could be an indication of depression. While we understand that suicide isn’t an easy topic to discuss, open communication is the best way to let your child know they can turn to you for help in their time of need. Check in often, and actively listen when they’re ready to talk.

This communication also extends to their time away from you. To help your student find the supportive community they need, we operate student-led chapters at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State UniversityStudent leaders create environments for peer support, actively improve the community’s networks, and develop the skills and connections for lifelong resilience against suicide. Wherever you are, we are ready to help you connect with your student.

Understand the Problem of Suicide

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to notice causes of suicide ideation. Suicide is a major health concern. More than 40,000 people die by suicide every year. The more you know, the better you’ll understand what factors can put your son or daughter at risk. By equipping yourself with knowledge, you’ll be able to address behavior that could indicate a risk of depression or early suicide ideation.  Get to know the risk factors, warning signs and ways to respond.

Connect Your Student with L&F Programs

The Lost & Found Association will support your college student every step of the way.  We are proud to have campus chapters at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. Student leaders, campus professionals, and community members partner together to impact the lives of young adults in their campus communities, but you can offer your help, too. Ultimately, our goal is to save lives. We believe by spreading peer-to-peer mental health support strategies and increasing visibility of student needs, we can. Find and consider supporting a Lost & Found chapter at your student’s college campus. 

Local Resources & Programs

Survivors Joining for Hope (SJ4H)

  • Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide (counseling, burial support, etc.)
  • Local events for suicide survivors
  • Donation opportunities
  • Local blog and testimonials

Learn more »


South Dakota Suicide Prevention

  • Suicide statistics in South Dakota
  • Lists of regional professionals
  • Upcoming events
  • Specific populations affected by suicide
  • Toolkits and other resources

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) South Dakota

  • AFSP chapter events
  • “More than Sad” program information
  • Specific state facts
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Local news and resources

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South Dakota

  • Programs and services for various groups
  • Local NAMI affiliates
  • Event calendar
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Local news and resources

Learn more »