A suicide survivor is someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Losing a loved to suicide can be very emotional. The grieving process can be long and difficult. The Helpline Center provides several services specifically designed to support survivors as they are coping with their loss.
The Helpline Center is available 24-hours a day to listen and provide support for any survivor by calling 211 or (605) 339-4357. Toll free suicide and crisis hotline # 1-800-273-8255
Contact: Sheri Nelson
Survivor support packets are filled with helpful information and resources about the grief process. They are given or mailed to any survivor that requests one in South Dakota. Please contact the Helpline Center to request a packet. Call 2.1.1. or direct at (605) 339-4357. Toll free suicide and crisis hotline # 1-800-273-8255
Email contact: Sheri Nelson
An eight-week educational/support class is offered three times a year at no charge. The support class is designed to help people who have lost a loved one to suicide express and understand the troubling and powerful grief they experience. The class is facilitated by two Helpline Center professionals and utilizes a guided approach to mourning. Each session will focus on a unique aspect of survivor grief. Any survivor is welcome; however, pre-registration is required. Register here: Event Brite registration link For further information. Call 2.1.1. or direct at (605) 339-4357. Toll free suicide and crisis hotline # 1-800-273-8255
Email contact: Sheri Nelson
This two-day training is available for survivors of suicide loss who would like to learn to safely and effectively share their story to promote hope and healing in other survivors and to help prevent suicide. It is suggested that the survivor be at least two years from their loss before attending; however, some survivors are ready earlier and should feel free to talk with us to determine readiness. Survivor Voices participants are encouraged to partner with the Helpline Center in utilizing their story of loss for the benefit of others in the community. To find out more about this training contact Dr. Barbara Bettelyoun at 211 or 274-1406.
Caring cards are made by survivors who know the pain of losing a loved one to suicide and are sent to survivors near the anniversary of their friend or family member’s death. Survivors who would like to receive these cards can email Sheri Nelson and share your name, address, the name of your loved one, your relationship to him/her, and the anniversary of his/her death.
A newsletter is emailed quarterly for any survivor wishing to be on our mailing list. It contains educational and supportive articles in addition to information about survivor services and events. To receive the Survivor Newsletter quarterly contact Sheri Nelson at 2.1.1. or direct at (605) 339-4357. Toll free suicide and crisis hotline # 1-800-273-8255
This program, Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors, works with the Sioux Falls Police Department and Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department to provide a volunteer support team visit to survivors immediately following the news of their loved one’s death. The team members consist of volunteer mental health professionals and volunteer survivors.
A monthly support group facilitated at the Helpline Center, is provided at no charge. The group is an open support group with a focus on survivors connecting and supporting one another. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Non-Profit Center, which is located at 1000 N. West Avenue in Sioux Falls. The monthly group is held on the second Thursday of the month if a holiday falls on the first Thursday.
Children’s Grief Groups
A specialized grief group for children bereaved by suicide. The groups use a combination of interactive activities with caring conversation to support children in finding a way to express their grief. Thanks to generous support from donors, the groups are free of charge.
Children ages 6-12 give and receive support as they share feelings about their loved one who has died by suicide. Healing is promoted through caring discussions and activities.
Children ages 13-18 are assisted in expressing and understanding their grief in a supportive environment with other teens who had a loved one die by suicide.
Please contact the Helpline Center by dialing 211 or (605) 339-4357 for more information regarding any of these services.