Suicide Prevention

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 22, 2017 Show 226 Hour 2

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nearly 45,000 people die from it each year. In the last 15 years, the rate of suicide has increased almost 25 percent. Joining us to talk about recent efforts in South Dakota for research, prevention, and intervention is Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President for Avera's Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line.

The Rapid City school district, like many other districts throughout the nation, has experienced multiple losses this school year. Since July, three students have taken their own lives.

The district has been been talking about the often taboo topic of suicide. Their second community meeting takes place Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. at the Western Dakota Tech Events Center.

Joining us today from SDPB's Black Hills Bureau are
Katy Urban, Rapid City Area Schools Communications Manager, and Corey Harouff, Associate Regional Director, Black Hills Young Life.

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In The Moment ... September 28, 2017 Show 187 Hour 1

September is national suicide awareness and prevention month. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In July, new state legislation took effect to help ensure that teachers can play a role in helping South Dakota's young people who are struggling with mental health. SDPB's Jackie Hendry shares the details of the new policy.

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In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Retired Brigadier General Robert Benson. You can hear him speak about his more than 30-year career with the South Dakota National Guard this weekend as part of the South Dakota Veterans forum. That's 9 a.m. to 11, mountain time at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Richard Holm is host and creator of On Call With the Prairie Doc. He joins us to preview tonight's program on SDPB-TV with the theme of dental care for the elderly. 

Angela Drake speaks this weekend at Women Ignited by Faith's HOPE in Sioux Falls. Today she joins Dakota Midday to talk about the life and loss of her daughter, Brittany.

Suicide Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crazy Horse School is receiving a federal grant worth $107,631 to help students cope with suicide on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This is the third grant from the US Department of Education to Pine Ridge schools after tribal leaders declared a state of emergency following a string of suicides.

Project SERV grants target schools where kids experience significant violent or traumatic events. The latest funding adds two counselors at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee to help restore the learning environment.

Secretary John King leads the US Department of Education.

The Hope & Healing Conference is in Chamberlain on Saturday April 30. Twyla Steinberger joins Midday to discuss bereavement and recuperation after the suicide of a loved one.

Suicide prevention and grief resources can be sparse in South Dakota. Many survivors do not have the opportunity to talk with others with similar circumstances. The conference brings survivors together for accurate information about suicide, grief, and connection.

Mindfulness techniques combined with Native traditions are being introduced to students at Pine Ridge School. SDPB's Jim Kent visits Pine Ridge to see how mindfulness is being used to prevent youth suicide. Then Dr. Kathleen Farah, with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, sits down with Lori Walsh to discuss how ancient techniques can address the effects of ongoing trauma.

One of South Dakota’s US Senators says he wants provisions in a new education bill that help address suicide among Native American populations. Senator John Thune says he’s introduced two amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act. 

US Senator John Thune says suicide on American Indian Reservations is an epidemic. He says the death rate for Native American youth is four times the national average.