Suicide Prevention

Each year, suicide accounts for more than 38,000 deaths in the United States. In 2011, it was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. The loss of someone to suicide resonates among family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community; it has been estimated that for each person who commits suicide, 5 to 10 other people are severely affected by the loss. Family and friends may experience a range of painful emotions, such as shock, anger, guilt, and depression. Suicide can occur across demographics, but certain groups are more at risk than the general population. Problems with intimate partner relationships and mental and physical health problems are factors that have been associated with the occurrence of suicide.

Suicide is devastating, but there are resources and information available to help prevent it.

Learn more to be the one who makes a difference.


Main Street Event flierTonight is an event in Main Street Square in Rapid City for the Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Day. Several Black Hills Mental Health providers will team up to provide information, inspiration and education on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Day. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Governmental leaders and community residents will speak on mental health topics. Free food, a magician and performance by the drum troupe Sheltered Reality will add to the festivities. The event will conclude with a balloon release at 7 p.m.


Other Resources:

  • SuicidehotlineThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – A website that provides a downloadable wallet card with the Lifeline phone number and suicide warning signs in English and Spanish, as well as other materials for coping and caring for loved ones. The toll-free Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) offers confidential help 24 hours a day to individuals considering suicide and their friends and family.
  • StopBullying.gov – A website that provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how to prevent and respond to bullying.
  • SAMHSA’s Mental Health Services Locator – A resource to help people find mental health services and resources in their communities.
  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – A public-private collaboration SAMHSA has developed to help promote suicide prevention.
  • The Trevor Project – An organization that promotes acceptance of gay,      lesbian, bisexual, and questioning teens and helps to prevent suicide among those youth. The Trevor Helpline, which can be reached at 1-866-488-7386, is a 24-hour toll-free suicide helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth.
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center – A resource that provides access to the science and experience that can support efforts to develop programs, implement interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide. Resources include information on school-based prevention programs, a best practices registry, state information and more.