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Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

February 3, 2014, 7:02 AM by Brittany Larson

Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

When people are experiencing suicidal thoughts they may feel hopeless and feel like there is no way out of the pain they are going through, so they turn to something permanent that causes harm to themselves and heartache for their families. 

Douglas Anderson is a Licensed Psychologist for the Sioux Falls Seminary. He says young adults can have a difficult time dealing with certain problems because of impulsivity. They have a harder time thinking through the consequences of their actions.

Anderson says there are certain areas across KELOLAND that have been impacted significantly with high suicide rates.

"The suicide rate on the reservations has been very high. When you look at Pine Ridge and Rose Bud, these are some of the most poverty-stricken counties in the country," Anderson said.

But Anderson says there are better ways to cope with the pain.

"It's really a defense mechanism of sorts. It protects me from hurting. Psychotherapy is about leaning into your pain and being able to walk through it. And grow through that and find other ways and better ways of coping that are healthier for you and are certainly healthier for the people around you as well because suicide does such harm to others," Anderson said.

A helpful option to consider if you or you know someone is having suicidal thoughts is the Avera Behavioral Health Center. It focuses on treating patients with a wide variety of behavioral health issues. Also, they have a free 24-hour assessment line to speak with a confidential counselor. That is number is 1-800-691-4336.



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