This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University psychology professor Anne Kelly is conducting research on suicide with the aim of improving prevention efforts and its contributing causes.
Kelly also wants to take the stigma out of suicide, depression, mental illness, desperation and grief. She says that in American culture there's a strong independent streak that leads to the belief that depression is something people can and should overcome on their own.
Anne Kelly joined Dakota Midday and discussed efforts to prevent suicide and overcome the stigma of mental illness.
The South Dakota suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255); help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available to anyone and all calls are kept confidential. You can also visit the South Dakota Suicide Prevention website here.