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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.