Suicide Prevention
Trainings for Faith Leaders

DANR will be hosting two Suicide Prevention Trainings for Faith Leaders in South Dakota. The trainings in Sioux Falls and Rapid City will feature identical topics.

The goals of the trainings are:

  • Increase rural faith leaders understanding about suicide and how they can help farmers and ranchers in their community
  • Connect faith leaders with state government and nonprofit resources that will help their communities prevent suicide
  • Help faith leaders provide care and support to those affected by suicide to promote healing and prevent further suicides

Who should attend?

The training is designed for congregations with farmers and ranchers (could be one or many more). Clergy, spiritual and faith leaders including chaplains, elders, deacons, sisters, youth pastors, parish nurses, church board members, church staff and congregational suicide prevention advocates.

  • The Basics of Mental Health and Mental Health Ministry
  • How to Communicate with Producers and Discuss Suicide
  • Postvention: Suicide Grief
  • Suicide Prevention in Rural Faith Communities
  • Resources for Rural Communities

Registration opens at 8:15am

The event will begin promptly at 9am
Lunch (included) will be served at 11:30am
The event will conclude at 4:00pm
Dress code is casual!

Register for Sioux Falls, April 25, 2023

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Register for Rapid City, April 27, 2023

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For more information please call or email

Brian Pontious

Policy Advisor

Phone: (605) 773-5559
Email