Resources for SupportersSuicide is the second-highest cause of death among Americans aged 15-34, with more than 11,000 deaths per year. These numbers are heartbreaking, but they're also preventable. Learn how to identify the warning signs of suicide and how you can help save lives.
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- Talking about wanting to die
- Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
- Making a plan or looking for a way to die by suicide, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
- Talking about overwhelming guilt or shame
- Talking about feeling trapped
- Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Using alcohol or drugs more often
- Acting anxious or agitated
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
- Talking or thinking about death often
- Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
- Giving away important possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Putting affairs in order, making a will
5 Action Steps for Helping Someone Facing Suicide Ideation
2. Make safety a priority. Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
3. Be present. Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
4. Help create a connection. Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual adviser, or mental health professional.
5. Stay connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
Resources in South Dakota
Suicide is a preventable public health problem. One of the ways to prevent suicide is to talk about it within community.
Suicide touches every part of South Dakota. Use an interactive map of the state to click on specific counties or regions to see the most recent data on suicide.
Educators are powerful role models and can help prevent teen suicides. Several suicide prevention training options are available for free and meet certification requirements. Enroll now.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness | South Dakota
NAMI South Dakota is a non-profit organization dedicated to carrying out the mission to improve the lives of persons affected by mental illness.
The Mission of NAMI South Dakota is to provide education, support, and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by mental illness.
Affiliates are located throughout the state in Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Watertown, Yankton. There is also a statewide Consumer Council.
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