SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Mental illness can be a difficult topic for people to talk about. Yet you can’t ignore the deadly consequences when emotional struggles become unbearable.
South Dakota saw 172 suicides in 2017. Which is why a local community is trying to erase the stigma of mental illness.
Formed nearly a year ago, the SOC Committee in Wagner has a goal of raising awareness about mental health. SOC stands for Strengthening Our Community and is made up of different community members from different organizations.
To help make the subject easier to talk about, the group uses socks as a fun way to bring awareness to the topic. The hope is to have people wear their socks to show they care.
“One of the playful things we can do is we can sock someone else which is gifting them a pair of socks, and the message that goes along with that is ‘I care about you,’ so it’s a form of acknowledgement and building relationship and connection,” SOC Committee Member, Ericka Kotab said.
It’s an issue that affects everyone – it doesn’t matter how old you are or where you live… that’s why so many people are getting involved.
From the school to farms, to local stores…. Coming up in tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND we’ll hear from people who are getting involved.
They have a message you won’t want to miss tonight at 10.