Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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September 7, 2012

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Declares Sept. 9-15 As Suicide Prevention Week

PIERRE, S.D. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 9 – 15 as “Suicide Prevention Week” in South Dakota.

Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries, and is now the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause of all deaths in the state of South Dakota.

This year’s theme, Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines, “emphasizes the need for all health care professionals to work together, at the local level, to help prevent future suicides in the state,” said Gib Sudbeck, Program Manager, with the State Department of Social Services’ Prevention Program.

Suicides may be prevented when suicidal behaviors are detected early and individuals are referred to services and supports. Help can be obtained in South Dakota communities for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes. If you believe there is a suicide risk, contact a professional immediately. Call the suicide crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a family physician, a psychiatrist, a medical emergency room, or a community mental health center in your area. 
For more information about suicide prevention in South Dakota or the South Dakota Strategy for Suicide Prevention log onto

For more information about behavioral health services in your area, contact the state Community Behavioral Health at 605-773-3123 or log on Behavioral Health - Community