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SD health officials: 988 can handle a variety of crises

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024   

Since its rollout two years ago, South Dakota's Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has seen a slow but steady uptick in use, but the state says there are still missed opportunities. South Dakota's 988 crisis line received nearly 6,500 calls in the first half of this year, according to state data - that's nearly a 40% increase from the same time last year.

Vanessa Barnes, assistant director, Department of Social Services Division of Behavioral Health, said many people aren't aware that the line can be used for various crises, and the office is pivoting its marketing accordingly. Barnes said a perception study done last year shows nearly half of surveyed South Dakotans had heard of the lifeline, but only 28% chose 988 as the number they would call for mental health-related distress, substance use or suicide crisis help.

"So the biggest thing is just making sure that people know that 988 is available, but that it's more than just a suicide hotline and it can be used for substance use and for loved ones as well," Barnes said.

To further spread education, the Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health is hosting its third annual suicide prevention conference in Sioux Falls in early August. If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available by calling or texting 988.

Barnes said last year the South Dakota Legislature appropriated state dollars to fully fund the helpline, which is currently hiring to meet rising caller demand. According to a recent report from the nonprofit Inseparable, South Dakota's in-state call answer rate is 86%.

Angela Kimball, chief advocacy officer with Inseparable, said the report encourages systems of accountability.

"This allows legislators to oversee the system over the long haul and to set up the structures for continuous learning, continuous system improvement," she explained.

Disclosure: Inseparable contributes to our fund for reporting on Criminal Justice, Health Issues, Mental Health, Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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