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Department of Health & Board of Nursing Warn of Scam Targeting South Dakota Nurses

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Health Department (SD-DOH) and the South Dakota Board of Nursing (SD-BON) released this statement after ongoing reports of scams targeting licensed nurses. The scam is being carried out via threatening phone calls/email.

September 15, 2021 | Healthy Living

Department of Health Launches Comprehensive Plan for Suicide Prevention

The Department of Health today launched South Dakota’s first, comprehensive plan since 2013 to reduce suicide deaths. Over the past decade, South Dakota’s suicide rates rose by nearly 40 percent. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-34.

January 22, 2020 | Healthy Living

Input Sought for Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan

Over the past decade, South Dakota’s suicide rates rose by nearly 40 percent. State agencies along with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health board are working to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent suicide in South Dakota and are seeking public input during the month of September. A draft of the plan is available for review at

September 18, 2019 | Healthy Living

Protect Health During Flood Response

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans in flood-affected areas need to keep several health-related concerns in mind as they deal with cleanup issues, says the state Department of Health. The following fact sheet to provides basic information about some typical flood-related health and concerns. Find more flood-related health and safety information visit

March 22, 2019 | Healthy Living

Rising Suicide Rates Require a Multifaceted Approach to Prevention

Suicides rates have been rising in recent years in South Dakota. In 2017, 192 South Dakotans died by suicide, the most ever reported. Suicide was the ninth leading cause of death among all South Dakotans and the second leading cause of death among individuals 15 to 34 years old.

September 13, 2018 | Healthy Living

Suicide Prevention Toolkits Available for South Dakota Communities

The Department of Social Services and the Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota Helpline Center, developed and created toolkits for communities to engage in suicide prevention.

February 27, 2018 | Healthy Living

Percentage of South Dakota’s Kids Overweight, Obese Unchanged

Almost one-third of South Dakota’s kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to a new state health report.