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(S.D.)-South Dakota Coalition Offers Support After Suicide

By: Dennis Brown Posted at: 12/30/2017 11:46 AM
  BLACK HILLS, S.D. (AP) - A group in western South Dakota provides emotional support and resources to people who have lost a family member or a friend to suicide.
     The Front Porch Coalition's loss team is dispatched by Black Hills law enforcement to offer resources, information and comfort after a suicide.
     Office Manager Joan Muller-Lyons tells the Rapid City Journal that team members are sent out during a crisis or to an emergency room to offer immediate support. She says that includes waiting with the family if the person was an organ donor and helping with the death notification.
     Muller-Lyons says team members are effective because they have been affected by suicide in their lives. She says the team is able to provide relatable, caring advice and support.
     She says the group hopes to expand to cover more counties in the Black Hills.


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