suicide awareness

Suicide Prevention

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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. 

Jackie Hendry

South Dakota has the third highest suicide rate for young people in the country, and overall suicide rates in the state are on the rise.

One woman from Presho has seen the impact of suicide on small communities first hand. As a student at the University of South Dakota, Chesney Garnos researched suicide and bullying. Now, she speaks to students in schools around the state. 

At the beginning of her presentation, Chesney Garnos asks students to imagine this scenario:

Mark VandeBraak

Mark VandeBraak, PhD., FT, MT-BC, Thanatologist & Music Therapist at Avera Behavioral Health Center.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Stories of murder/suicide have been in the news this month with incidents involving families in Platte and also in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  Dr. VandeBraak also addresses the use of social media as a cry for help and for healing.