Educational trainings available to mental health professionals, first responders, school counselors, teachers, parents, etc. who need to learn how to recognize a suicidal crisis, how to intervene, ad how to keep them safe while getting ongoing mental
Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team responds with local law enforcement immediately after a suicide has happened to help family and friends during their tragic loss. This volunteer team of suicide survivors provides the only hope and resources to
those newly bereaved.
Mental Health First Aid Training available to service providers, first responders, school counselors, teachers, parents, etc. who need to learn how to recognize when someone is in a mental health crisis, how to help, and how to keep them safe while getting
ongoing mental health care.
If you or anyone you know needs help and we are not available when you call us, know you can always call 911 for help through a welfare check. Also text the National Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Start’ to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The Rapid City Crisis Care Center is available 24/7 at 605-391-4863.
Suicide survivors support group for those who are grieving the loss of someone to suicide. Suicide grief is like no other kind of grief. This peer-led group is for those who need the help that no other grief group in the community can provide and relate to. The support
group is led by members of the L.O.S.S. Team.
The Front Porch Coalition provides many additional suicide prevention resources at its trainings and awareness events, along with the suicide survivor resources it provides. Find more resources online here.
Suicide prevention seeks to reduce the factors that increase suicide risk while increasing the protective factors from suicide.
Suicide is a serious and preventable health problem.
The suicide rate for Native Americans / Alaska Native young adults and adolescents, that are between the ages of 15-34 is 1.5 times higher than the national average.
We can all prevent Suicide – Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.
If you are concerned that someone is showing warning signs of suicide, that those signs are acutely imminent and they may be in crisis and need help, remember the mnemonic, IS PATH WARM, when looking for those signs. Learn more here and how and when to
Warning Signs of Suicide
The mnemonic “IS PATH WARM” can be used to remember the warning signs of suicide:
- “I” is for Ideation
- “S” is for Substance Abuse
- “P” is for Purposelessness
- “A” is for Anxiety
- “T” is for Trapped
- “H” is for Hopelessness
- “W” is for Withdrawal
- “A” is for Anger
- “R” is for Recklessness
- “M” is for Mood Change
Warning Signs of Acute Risk:
A person in acute risk for suicidal behavior most often will show:
- Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him or herself; and/or,
- Looking for ways to kill him or herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.
These might be remembered as expressed or communicated “IDEATION”. If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by texting
“Hello” or “Start” to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor.
Additional Warning Signs:
- Increased SUBSTANCE (alcohol or drug) use
- No reason for living; no sense of PURPOSE in life
- ANXIETY, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Feeling TRAPPED – like there’s no way out
- WITHDRAWING from friends, family and society
- Rage, uncontrolled ANGER, seeking revenge
- Acting RECKLESS or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- Dramatic MOOD change
If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273 TALK (8255) for a referral. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by texting “Hello” or “Start” to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor.