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Increasing Suicide Prevention Capacity

February 23, 2022 // Grants, South Dakota Fund Grants

We are grateful for the South Dakota Community Foundation’s continued investment in young adult mental health and suicide prevention.

Erik Muckey, Executive Director/CEO, Lost&Found

The Lost&Found Association brings a decade of outreach, advocacy, and mental health referral programs in South Dakota through college campus partnerships. This organization facilitates proactive, data-driven, public health approaches to suicide prevention for young adults ages 15 – 34. Launching this fall at ten institutions in South Dakota and Minnesota, Lost & Found created the Campus Resilience Index (CRI) to inform and advise post-secondary institution partners on CDC defined evidence-based practices meant to increase capacity for suicide prevention.

The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded Lost&Found a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant that was used to finalize development of the Campus Resilience Index, implement its use and recommendations in partnership with counseling and student affairs leadership at twelve institutions in South Dakota.

“With support from the South Dakota Community Foundation, Lost&Found’s Campus Resilience Index (CRI) will provide a diagnostic, collaborative tool for campus communities statewide”, declared Erik Muckey, Executive Director/CEO, Lost&Found. “We are grateful for the South Dakota Community Foundation’s continued investment in young adult mental health and suicide prevention.”

“We are proud to partner with Lost&Found to support their efforts to prevent suicides on our state’s college campuses”, stated Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “These students represent our state’s most precious resource.”

To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1,100 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2021 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.