Each year more than 44,000 people die in the United States by suicide, leaving thousands of parents, siblings, wives, husbands, sons, daughters and friends to survive the tragic loss. The Helpline Center provides multiple services for survivors of suicide.
Please contact Sheri Nelson at 605-274-1416 or 211 for more information regarding any of these services. The following services are provided:
Survivor support packets are filled with helpful information and resources about the grief process. They are given or mailed to any survivor that requests one in South Dakota. If you would like to receive a support packet, please click here.
Surviving After Suicide Monthly Support Group
Our SAS meetings are held in an atmosphere that is warm and friendly and nonjudgmental. Anyone who has lost a family member or friend is invited to attend, whether it is a recent loss or many years ago. Feelings shared are kept confidential and discussed only within the confines of the group meeting. Thus, our SAS support groups provide a comfortable, non-threatening setting to share our experiences and thoughts.
Questions are encouraged to help in coping with the different stages of the grieving process and with the feelings that are particularly intense in the aftermath of suicide-denial, shock, disbelief, sadness, anger, guilt and shame. We end our discussion sessions by sharing something positive that has recently taken place or something good you are anticipating.
There is no fee and no registration required. You are welcome to attend at anytime.
Surviving After Suicide (SAS) – 10 Week Class
The classes are held three times a year usually in January, April and September. The SAS Class is held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm for 10 consecutive weeks at the Helpline Center. Registration is required and we ask that you commit to attending all of the 10 sessions. There is no charge for the class, but pre-registration is required along with a commitment to attempt to attend all ten sessions. This class is for adults ages 18 plus. Registration is required.
Next available sessions:
- January 2 – March 6, 2018
- April 3 – June 5, 2018
Register for upcoming classes
A newsletter is distributed quarterly for any survivor wishing to be on our mailing list. It contains educational and supportive articles in addition to information about survivor services and events.
To view our most recent newsletters click the links below.
Fall 2017 Summer 2017
Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Caring cards are made by survivors who know the pain of losing a loved one to suicide and are sent to survivors near the anniversary of their friend or family member’s death.
If you are survivor interested in receiving caring cards, please sign up here.
We would love to have you join us at the next Caring Card Creation Event. Next date is to be scheduled in Fall 2017. If you are interested in making caring cards with other survivors and be notified of the event, please sign up here.
This program, Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors, works with the Sioux Falls Police Department and Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department to provide a volunteer support team visit to survivors immediately following the news of their loved one’s death. The team members consist of Helpline Center staff and volunteer survivors.
Children’s Grief Groups
School-Aged Children Children ages 6 through 12 give and receive support as they share feelings about their loved one who has died by suicide. Healing is promoted through caring discussions and activities.
Teen Group Children ages 13 through 18 are assisted in expressing and understanding their grief in a supportive environment with other teens who had a loved one die by suicide.