There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in life.
Warning signs for suicide
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by contacting one of the resources listed below.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Extreme mood swings
How to help
ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question, but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-TALK (8255)) and the Crisis Text Line’s number (741741) in your phone, so it’s there when you need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual adviser, or mental health professional.
STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
Additional Sources of Support
If you are feeling suicidal, are worried about a friend or relative who is showing warning signs of suicide, or are looking for additional sources of support please contact us or reach out to one of the resources below.
Located in Rosebud?
24/7 and Emergency Resources
Dispatch: 605-856-6528 or 911
Indian Health Service Rosebud: (605)747-2231
South Dakota Suicide Prevention: 1.800.273.8255
Behavioral Health Resources
RST Alcohol Treatment Program: (605)747-2342
RST Meth Program: (605) 747-2320
RST Youth Homeless Shelter (605) 856-2537, cell: (605) 319-6681
Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services: (605) 856-4631
Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi: (605)-856-8163
Tokala Inajinyo Youth Leadership/Mentoring Program:
(605) 856-2587, cell: (605) 515-9633
Community Health Representatives: (605)747-2316
Maternal and Child Health: (605) 747-2990
Sicangu Child & Family Services: (605)856-4855
Sicangu Oyate Tipi Homeless Shelter: (605)747-2096
Social Services: (605)747-2401
Veteran's Affairs: (605)747-2593
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society: (605)856-2317
Call or Text 988
Online chat: here
Text: Text HOME to 741741
Online chat: here
Text: Text START to 678678
Veteran Crisis Line
Call: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
Online chat: here
Text: Text a message to 838255
Drug Rehabilitation Resources