It can be a hard topic to discuss, but it shouldn't be, and it seems it’s getting easier to talk about. There are so many resources available for suicide prevention, and the Helpline Center is hoping to shed some light on those resources, especially during National Suicide Prevention Week.
Taylor Funke from the Helpline Center says the Center answers the national suicide hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK, to provide those struggling with someone to talk to. Funke says many times, people who have suicidal thoughts feel as though they have no one to talk to, and the operators answering the hotline are there to listen and lend an ear. She says they are also able to provide information about getting professional help, whether its from a counselor or therapist. But the resources aren't just for those with suicidal thoughts-- there are also resources available to family and friends to better understand how to help. Funke says there's special classes you can take through the Helpline Center to learn more about how you can help someone with those feelings.
Along with always being there for resources, there will also be a statewide Step Forward to Prevent Suicide walk in Pierre on September 10. For more information about that, click here.
For information about the Helpline Center and its resources, click here.