behavioral health


In The Moment ... September 19, 2019 Show 661 Hour 2

Hours after tornadoes touched down in Sioux Falls last week, we began hearing stories of destruction, loss, and heroism. A medical team at Avera's Heart Hospital continued an emergency operation as winds battered the building and a tornado brushed the roof. Avera's Behavioral Health facility received structural damage, calling for a new path for care for patients. 

Suicide Prevention

Sep 10, 2019

In the Moment ... September 10, 2019 Show 655 Hour 2

Research shows that the suicide rate in the ag industry is five times higher than the national average. Among the reasons: worries about income, social isolation, and the ever-present stigma related to seeking mental health services. 

Suicide Prevention Grant To Incorporate Native Culture

Aug 19, 2019
SD Department of Health

A suicide prevention grant is targeting Native Communities in the Black Hills. The Garrett Lee Smith grant awards more than three million dollars over five years. Recipients plan to work against suicides in Native youth by training local police departments, schools and healthcare facilities. 


The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board is focusing prevention tactics for Native youth between ten and 24 years old. Charles Sitting Bull is the Director of Behavioral Health. He says as a population, Native youth are at high risk for suicide. 

Jackie Hendry

A recent study shows 65% of the country’s non-metropolitan counties do not have a psychiatrist, and nearly half don’t have a psychologist. As mental health needs continue to rise, telemedicine may offer a solution for rural areas lacking access to those services. On Wednesday, the Helmsley Charitable Trust announced a grant to establish a first-of-its-kind behavioral health service through Avera’s eCARE center in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... April 25, 2018 Show 323 Hour 2

Since 2004, more than 1,700 lives have been lost to suicide in South Dakota. Those numbers have increased each year, with nearly one in six high school students in South Dakota having suicidal thoughts or tendencies. (That's according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.)

South Dakotans take those numbers personally.

March Into The Light

Sep 3, 2013

September is National Recovery Month.  On Saturday, Face It Together sponsors the third March Into the Light community walk to celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.  The walk begins at 6:45 a.m. at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  Face It Together is a group of social entrepreneurs dedicated to transforming the way our nation treats and understands addiction.  Face It Together CEO Kevin Kirby and Craig Kindrat, Manager of the Avera Behavioral Health Services Addiction Recovery Program, talked about addiction recovery and Saturday's walk on Tuesday's Dakota Midday.

Mental Health Month

May 20, 2013

May is Mental Health Month, and more people are finding effective treatment for cognitive challenges.  Dr. Matt Stanley and Avera Behavioral Health Assistant Vice President Steve Lindquist discussed why more people are seeking treatment for conditions typically seen in clinical practice.

Part of the proposed South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act is providing more treatment options for drug and alcohol abuse offenders. Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon with the Department of Social Services spoke to members of the Senate Health and Human Services committee Wednesday morning about expanding the state’s behavioral health services. Malsam-Rysdon says the department will play a big role if the proposed initiative is passed, as it will mean more funding for substance abuse treatment. She says providing mental health care to those in need can help keep citizens healthy.