Infographic of South Dakota suicide deaths in 2020. South Dakota had 180 suicide deaths in 2020. The largest proportion of suicide deaths were among males, individuals aged 2029 years, and those who were White. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors six priority health behaviors including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV; alcohol and drug use; tobacco use; dietary behaviors; and physical activity.
Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in South Dakota (SD) but was the leading cause of death for individuals aged 10-29 years and was the 7th leading cause of death among American Indians (2021). South Dakota had the 7th highest suicide rate in the nation (provisional 2021). In 2021, SD had 202 suicide deaths and a rate of 22.6 per 100,000, which was the highest ever recorded. Over the last 10 years, suicide deaths have increased by 50%, from 135 suicide deaths in 2012 to 202 in 2021.
View suicide prevention data in this fact sheet with all the important data pulled into quick easy-to-understand bullet points.
South Dakota high school youth injury and violence data from the 2009-2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.