Local Suicide Prevention Resources
A combination of individual, relational, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of suicide. Risk factors are those characteristics associated with suicide - they may or may not be direct causes - and may include family history of suicide, family history of child abuse/neglect, previous suicide attempts, history of mental health disorder, alcohol/substance abuse, local epidemics of suicide, loss (relationship, financial, job), etc.
Common Warning Signs
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
- Seeking access to means to harm self
- Talking, writing or posting on social media about death, dying or suicide
- Feeling hopeless and/or trapped
- Feeling worthless or feeling a lack of purpose
- Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
- Increasing alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from family, friends or society
- Demonstrating rage and anger or seeking revenge
- Dramatic changes in mood
Many factors can increase the risk for suicide or protect against it. Suicide is connected to other forms of injury and violence. For example, people who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence have a higher suicide risk. Being connected to family and community support and having easy access to health care can decrease suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Suicide Prevention Resources for Schools
Schools are a key setting for suicide prevention. Teachers, mental health providers, and all other school personnel who interact with students can play an important role in promoting awareness and encourage students of positive social outlook.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Local Tobacco Abuse Prevention Resources
Tobacco Prevention & Control Program
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) coordinates state efforts to prevent people from starting to use tobacco products, help current tobacco users quit, and reduce nonsmokers' exposure to second-hand smoke.
Be Tobacco Free, South Dakota!
Every South Dakotan can enjoy a life free from the burden of tobacco use. Be Tobacco Free is here to provide current, evidence-based information and tools to help you champion tobacco-free efforts in every community.
Rethink Tobacco, Seriously.
If you're using tobacco or even thinking about it, you might want to "Rethink It (Seriously)" and be part of the movement to reduce tobacco use and help creating healthy environments for everyone in South Dakota!
South Dakota Quit Line
Ready to Quit? We're here to help nicotine users kick the habit for good. Choose from 3 FREE ways to quit cigarettes, vape or chew. Go to SDQuitLine.com for more!
Find Your Power
It is said that our spirits are free because we are of the land—that our connection to the Earth, and to each other, is our power. More than half of Lakota and Dakota people use commercial tobacco. These poisons make us sick and harm our way of life. Together, we can overcome the addiction.