Step Forward to Prevent Suicide 2024

Frequent Asked Questions

If you or a family member are in crisis, please reach out to the Helpline Center by calling 988.

What is Step Forward to Prevent Suicide?

As our communities and state continue to experience the loss of our family and friends to suicide, the Step Forward to Prevent Suicide event promotes hope and healing and raises awareness and support for the Helpline Center's suicide prevention and survivor support programs. Participants have the opportunity to hear from our event speaker, listen while loved ones names are read aloud during the remembrance ceremony, and participate in a 1.5 mile walk. We encourage people to put together a team or register as an individual as we continue to step forward to prevent suicide and support those bereaved by loss.

Is there a way to provide the name of my loved one's name to be read at the remembrance ceremony? 

Yes, you can click here and complete the form with your loved one's name and pronunciation. Deadline to provide your loved ones name is by noon on Friday, June 7, 2024. During the remembrance ceremony, name will be read alphabetically by first name.

Where do the funds go?

By stepping forward, your donations will help support the Helpline Center's suicide prevention trainings and grief support services for survivors. 100% of the proceeds stay in South Dakota!

Is there a fee to register?

There is no fee to register; however, we encourage you to raise funds and donate to support the suicide and crisis support programs at the Helpline Center.

How do I register?

You can register online at

How do I register family members or others online?

To register other participants, begin your own registration and enter your details. At the end of the registration process, you will see a "register another person" button; click this button to add other participants, including children or other dependents for whom you have the legal authority to sign our liability waiver.

Can I still participate even if I don’t want to attend in person?

Yes! If you prefer to walk from home, you can still have a team, purchase a t-shirt and support the Helpline Center.  We will post an event video within the week after the event on our website and social media accounts. 

Do I have to register in order to participate in the walk?

Yes, we want to know you’re walking and need every participant to sign a standard waiver through the official registration process. We strongly encourage participants to register online prior to attending the event, but will provide an option for registration on-site.

Are there incentives to donate and fundraising?

Yes!  To view the incentives go to:

Can I get involved with the Step Forward Committee or volunteer at the event?

Yes!  There are several ways you may become more involved with the Step Forward to Prevent Suicide event.  Contact our event staff for more information at or 605-274-1420.

Parking for event?

Our friends at Avera have graciously allowed us to use their lot directly west of Fawick Park.  There is no charge for downtown parking on the weekends so feel free to park at any metered spot on the city streets. Please do not park in the US Postal Service lot as that is for their employees.

Do I need to bring chairs to the evevnt?

If you'd like to sit during the program (30-45 minutes), you're encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 

Will there be support at the event if I need it?

Front line staff from the Helpline Center's 988 team will be present if you need someone to talk to. There will also be therapy dogs present as well.

Who do I contact with other questions?

If you have questions on the event, please reach out to our event staff at or 605-274-1420.

If you or a family member are in crisis, please reach out to the Helpline Center by calling 988.