What You Can Do
Suicide Preventative Actions
- Encourage people in need to see their primary care doctor for an assessment
- Volunteer to assist with and undergo suicide prevention training in community settings
- Support efforts to ensure that children receive training in coping and communication skills at school.
- Support policy in schools to educate public school employees about youth suicide and prevention.
- Encourage behaviors that strengthen and form relationships.
- Learn how to recognize the signs of depression, suicide, and alcohol/drug abuse.
- Share information with clergy, parents, and others who are the first line of defense in responding to the needs of someone in crisis.
- Help create awareness about the national hotline number 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Share messages that help de-stigmatize depression, suicide, and mental illness so the public views them as an illness, not something to be ashamed of.
- Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
- Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.
- In the month prior to their suicide, 75% of elderly persons had visited a physician.
- Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring.
- Over half of all suicides are completed with a firearm.
- For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
- Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.
- 80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
- There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.
- The highest suicide rate is among men over 85 years old.
- Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.
- The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.
- Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th). (CDC)
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC)
- It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)
- An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. (CDC, AAS)
- There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS)
- There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. (CDC, AAS)
- According to data, 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana).
- Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Avera St. Lukes Hospital Inpatient Mental Health-Aberdeen
Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Needs Assessment Line-Sioux Falls
Dacotah Pride Center-Agency Village
On call worker 605-742-3114
Human Service Agency-Sisseton
Law Enforcement Agencies
SWO Tribal Police - 698-7661
Robert’s County Sheriff’s Office - 698-7667
Sisseton City Police - 698-3931
Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Healthcare Center-Mental Health Department-Sisseton