Prevention & Support

Support Someone's Behavioral Health 

Small actions can have a big impact on someone’s  journey. Whether you’re an educator, care provider, employer or just someone who’s concerned about the people in your life, we can help.

How to Support Someone's
Behavioral Health 

Behavioral health disorders are common, affecting 1 in 6 South Dakota adults. But for someone living with it, mental health disorders and addiction can feel isolating. People might be reluctant to talk about it due to stigma, shame or the fear of being judged.

Step One:


The easiest way to find out if someone is in crisis is to just ask. Show your support by making someone feel seen, heard, valued and cared for. Reach out, ask if they’re okay, and let them know you’re here.

Step Two:


By listening, you show support and offer help in an open, non-judgmental way. Spend quality, uninterrupted time with them, and let them talk. Then ask how you can help.

Step Three:


If someone is thinking about suicide and they've voiced a plan, keep them safe. Be there physically or by phone. Encourage them to seek professional support and offer help in ways you're able to (driving them to appointments, calling 988 together, etc.).

Step Four:


Ongoing, consistent support matters. Take weekly walks. Send notes, reminders and check ins.  Stay in regular contact to let the person know you care, and have a plan in place if you can’t reach them.

Concerned about Someone's Mental Health?

What to Say 

  • How are you?
  • What’s on your mind?
  • You don’t seem like yourself. Everything ok?
  • I care about you, and I’m here to listen.
  • Can we spend some time together?
  • You are not alone.
  • I’m grateful to have you in my life.

What to Look For

  • Loss of interest
  • Change of mood
  • Increased fatigue
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from friends and family

Are you worried a loved one might be misusing substances or living with addiction? 


What to Say

I’m sorry you’re living with this disease.

I care about you.

I want to help and support you

You’re not alone.

Recovery is possible, no matter what.

Don’t use words like “addict,” “junkie,” “drunk” or “druggie.”


What to Look For

  • Poor work performance or difficulties at school

    Sudden mood swings or altered behavior

    Noticeable lack of energy or changes in appetite

    Bloodshot or glazed eyes, poor skin tone or appearing rundown

    Spending more money than usual or issues with financial management

    Drastic changes in relationships


Mental Health Support 


Supports for Substance Use Disorders