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November 12, 2020

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

When seemingly happy, travel-infatuated CJ Twomey violently ended his own life at age 20, his family was plunged into unrelenting grief and guilt. In a moment of desperate inspiration, his mother Hallie put out an open call on Facebook, looking only for a handful of travelers who might help fulfill her son’s wish to see  [ more ]

October 22, 2020

SD CARES Housing Assistance Program

The State of South Dakota in collaboration with SD Housing Development Authority, Helpline Center, and partner agencies, are making available CARES Act funding to assist South Dakota residents with housing expenses. If you have been financially impacted due to COVID-19, the SD CARES Housing Assistance Program (SDCHAP) may provide temporary rental, mortgage, or utility assistance  [ more ]

September 15, 2020

South Dakota Food Pantry Map

In response to over 11,000 requests for food resource, the Helpline Center is happy to announce the launch of our newly developed South Dakota Food Pantry map.  We will continue to innovate and evolve to meet the changing needs of our state and this interactive map will be an additional way we can assist individuals  [ more ]

September 1, 2020

Can a New Pet Help You Through Your Suicide Grief?

by: Jennie MarksI have heard many survivors comment, “I keep getting told that I should get a pet.” I have seen first-hand that pets who were part of their owner’s lives prior to their loss have found great solace in having that relationship to rely on, especially if that animal is a connection to the  [ more ]

September 1, 2020

Live Through This: A Lifetime with Suicidal Thoughts, & Art as Social Justice

As South Dakota’s leader in suicide prevention and crisis response, we’re honored to host Dese’Rae L. Stage during Suicide Prevention Week. Dese’Rae is an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, and activist. Her organization, Live Through This, reminds us that suicide is a human issue by amplifying survivors’ voices through raw, honest stories of survival, and pairing  [ more ]

August 5, 2020

Basic Needs Donation Drive

The Helpline Center will be holding a Basic Needs Donation Drive  that will run from August 10-31 at various locations throughout the Sioux Empire, Brookings County, and the Black Hills.  Helpline Center Volunteer Connections invites individuals, businesses and families to donate basic need items at locations in your community!All donations will be donated to nonprofits to  [ more ]

August 5, 2020

Suicide Prevention Week 2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the Helpline Center invites you to join us in events and promotional activities scheduled during Suicide Prevention week, September 6-12.  On September 8th, we’re seeking volunteers willing to help us chalk art throughout Downtown Sioux Falls.  Our goal is to fill the sidewalks with positive and encouraging messages.  If  [ more ]

June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 211 Helpline Center has answered the call for the state of South Dakota.  Whether individuals had questions about the virus, or if they wanted to know the location of the nearest food pantry, or needed support due to anxiety and stress.  It is truly an honor to  [ more ]

June 1, 2020

Helpline Center to host Author & Grief Therapist, Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Dr. Wolfelt is one of North America’s leading grief counselors and the author of many best-selling books about healing in grief. This compassionate program will acknowledge that loss is an unavoidable part of human life, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from living well. We’re hosting a public event on Wednesday, July 29th and  [ more ]

May 29, 2020

Mourning Your Loss During a Time of Pandemic