A recent report from the South Dakota Health Department shows the suicide rate in South Dakota is the highest its ever been.
However, one community in KELOLAND is looking to change that.
People filled the city park in Tea for the second annual “CommUNITY Event”. The event started with a unity walk around the pond. There was also an obstacle course and a fun run.
Jennifer Smetana volunteered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She says she hopes the event will spark conversation about mental health.
“It’s not something that you have to close the door on. It’s not something to be afraid of or to not talk about. It’s something to watch for signs. It’s just a good thing for people to come out and learn a little bit more,” Smetana said.
This was also the first year that the event partnered with the Special Olympics South Dakota.