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DSS has tips and resources for lonely hearts on Valentine’s Day

For Immediate Release:  Friday February 12, 2021
Media Contact: Steve Long, steve.long@state.sd.us or 605.773.5465  


DSS has tips and resources for lonely hearts on Valentine’s Day


PIERRE – While Valentine’s Day is a time for celebrating love, for many people who have lost a relationship, a loved one, or who are simply feeling down, it can be a difficult time. The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has resources to help cope with the challenges.


“Holidays like Valentine’s Day can be a fun occasion but for some they bring sadness and loneliness,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill.  “For anyone struggling, please know you’re not alone and there are caring professionals waiting to provide support.”    


Through the 605 Strong program, the 211 Helpline Center, and publicly funded community mental health centers across South Dakota, help is ready and waiting. DSS contracts with 11 community mental health centers across South Dakota offering services to both children and adults. Financial assistance for services at those centers is available for eligible families. You can find the closest community mental health center by going to dss.sd.gov and clicking on the Behavioral Health tab.


DSS offers a few healthy tips for coping with loneliness:


  • Do something special for yourself!  If you like chocolates, flowers, or stuffed animals, go ahead and get them for yourself.
  • Make plans to celebrate with friends, family, neighbors, or pets. You can also gather virtually if distance is a factor.
  • If you’ve recently lost a loved one, take a moment to acknowledge that, but then celebrate the good memories you shared together.         
  • Focus on brightening someone else’s day who is alone with a special little gift.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member with a phone call or virtual video call.


“Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples in love. It’s also a celebration of the love shared by parents, kids, siblings, and friends,” said Gill. “Love is a key ingredient for strong relationships and families, but if the season is exacerbating your mental well-being, please reach out for help.”

For more information, please visit 605Strong.com, text “605Strong” to 89811, or simply dial 211 to reach the Helpline Center. 605 Strong program staff are trained to provide stress relief and handle mental health crises. The Helpline Center can also provide referrals to other resources.