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Know the facts: Complex, interrelated factors contribute to suicide among AI/AN people. Risk factors include mental health disorders, substance abuse, inter-generational trauma, and community-wide issues.

Ask and listen: Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If a they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment.

Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. Helping a loved one through a crisis is never easy. You might want to talk about your feelings with another friend or a counselor. The Lifeline is always here to talk or chat.

Call us or come see us at our clinic, we offer counseling at both locations. Pierre: 605.224.8841 or Sioux Falls: 605.339.0420

Today we also say goodbye to our Executive Director, Donna Keeler, who has served as the agency lead for 18 years. During her tenure the program expanded in services and built two new clinic facilities that better serve our patients. She also received 3 National Indian Health Service Director’s Awards during her work at SDUIH. We wish her well in her retirement and thank her for all of her hard work at dedication to SDUIH and to providing quality medical care to our Urban population.