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Human Services enhances suicide prevention efforts in ND

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has announced grant funding opportunities for local government organizations, community nonprofit or private organizations and tribal nations to further suicide prevention efforts in the state. The 2021 North Dakota Suicide Prevention Grant Program will support the implementation of prevention efforts aimed at decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors for groups at high risk for suicide.

Among North Dakota high school students, 18.8% reported in 2019 they seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 12.4% in 2009 (Youth Risk Behavior Survey). Almost a quarter (22.8) of young adult college students in North Dakota reported having suicidal thoughts (2018 North Dakota Student Wellness and Perception Survey North Dakota State University Institutional Report). Additionally, just over 5% of North Dakota adults ages 18 and older had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year (2017-2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health).

The grant funding can be used to implement suicide prevention strategies including planning, awareness, training and/or engagement. The division anticipates awarding up to 19 grants with the $750,000 available for this effort.

For more information and to apply, visit www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/prevention/suicide. Grant applications must be submitted by March 5 at 4 p.m. to Moriah Opp at mopp@nd.gov.

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