South Dakota Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Suicidal Patient’s Bathroom Door ‘Unlocked’: Suicide Results. Case on Point: Wuest v. McKennan Hospital, 619 N.W.2d 682-SD (2000)

This article uses the legal case of Wuest v. McKennan Hospital to investigate the questions: If a suicidal patient’s bathroom door is left unlocked and the patient hangs himself in the bathroom, is that negligence per se? and Does Res Ipsa Loquitur (RIL) apply? Concerning this particular case, it is found that the court was […]

Bringing the Public Health Approach to the Problem of Suicide

Suicidal behaviours are public health problems that should be addressed through a systematic public health approach. The need for such an approach is discussed using data from Pierre, South Dakota, where the suicide rate is 13 times the national rate; in the African American community where the suicide rate among black youths more than doubled […]

Suicide and Gambling: an Analysis of Suicide Rates in U.S. Counties and Metropolitan Areas

See SIEC #1997-1273 for reference to the Phillips et al study.

Mental Disorders and Suicide as Compensable Injuries Under Worker’s Compensation: Will South Dakota Follow the Trend?

This article examines applicable statutes & progressive developments in other states which suggest that compensation should be awarded in the proper circumstances. Mental disorders are discussed relative to psychological injury & to accompanying physical disorders. Regarding suicides, it noted that many jurisdictions have adopted the chain of causation test allowing compensation where it can be […]

Training Gatekeepers Among University Personnel

This presentation notes that professors & student-service personnel can potentially avert the incidence of suicide on college campuses by detecting at-risk students. It reports on a study to evaluate the effects of a suicide prevention training program. Subjects were 33 faculty members & 20 student-service personnel from the University of South Dakota. Study results indicate […]

Developing Prevention Programs That Work

This paper reviews various prevention programs that have been successful in the areas of: 1) educational programs in the schools; 2) community & business/corporate programs; & 3) marketing strategies to gain entry into school, communities & businesses. Three appendices discuss the educator’s role in suicide prevention, how being a friend can save a life & […]

An Epidemiologic Study of Suicide Among Farmers and its Clinical Implications

This study analyzes farmers & family, from Minnesota, Montana, South & North Dakota & Wisconscin, whose cause of death was listed as suicide on their death certificates. From 1986 to 1988, 499 suicides occurred, with the highest rates in South Dakota. Rates are given by state, gender, age, marital status, race, time of suicide, method […]

Perceptions of South Dakota Adults Concerning Selected Adolescent Health Problems

A telephone survey conducted to assess adults’ perceptions of selected adolescent problems found that a majority of respondents indicated that alcohol & drug abuse, & teen pregnancy are a problem for teens. Up to 1/2 of respondents indicated that suicide attempts are a problem. Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that health education programs in schools can help […]

Suicide in the Young: Demographic Data of College-Age Students in a Rural State

Demographic data from death certificates of suicides of young persons in a rural state seem to indicate that there are very few differences between those who are listed as “students” and those who are not. However, students commit suicide less frequently on weekends and show a statistically lower relative incidence of suicide as compared to […]

Suicide Among the American Indians: Two Workshops