• Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors. A first responder volunteer service designed to bring immedate support to survivors.
  • Ongoing Support for those left behind so no one walks alone.
  • Learn how the Rapid City Suicide Prevention Taskforce is working to reduce youth suicides in the community through education, training, and awareness.
  • For immediate help and to talk to someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Who Needs to Know the Warning Signs of Suicide?

Who Needs to Know How to Do a Suicide Intervention?

Who Can Help Save a Life To Suicide?

 

EVERYONE!

 

Suicide is Everyone’s Loss; "THEREFORE “Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business. While it may be difficult to talk about 'suicide', it cannot remain a taboo subject. We must remain connected to everyone and help each other, even when they are suicidal.

 

Overcome this myth: Know that if you reach out to someone in good faith to help them, you are not liable for what may or may not happen to them because you are covered by the Good Samaritan Law. Everyone has to talk about suicide and should know how to do a suicide intervention. An intervention is not counseling and by learning how to intervene on someone whose thoughts of suicide are an imminent risk, you are not providing ongoing therapy. You are intervening on someone's potential actions before they harm themselves and ensuring that they are safe until they do receive mental health treatment of counseling and therapy.

The Rapid City Suicide Prevention Taskforce was formed in 2010 through a collaborative effort of service providers, concerned citizens, and youth across the community devoted to working on the issue of suicide. Professional educational and training programs are offered to schools, organizations, and other interested groups. Schools in the Rapid City and surrounding area have implemented school suicide prevention curriculums. More advanced training in crisis intervention is offered to professional groups such as school counselors, law enforcement officers, and mental health providers through workshops, in-services, and consultation. Service providers and the general public can select which types of suicide awareness and intervention trainings that they wish to learn more about.

 

Imagine yourself having a conversation with a friend, loved one, or even a stranger and they tell you they want to die. What will you do and say? Click here to learn what you can do to help that person and where people can go to get help.

 

For more information on the taskforce, contact Stephanie Schweitzer Dixon at (605) 348-6692 or at inquiries@frontporchcoalition.org.