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North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that six entities will receive funding to implement evidence-based strategies and best practices to support suicide prevention efforts in the state.

Organizations receiving grants will develop and execute projects aimed at suicide prevention focused on high-risk populations with an emphasis on building life and resiliency skills like coping and problem-solving and promoting social connectedness with family, friends and communities. The total funding awarded is $438,846.

Funding will be granted to the following entities for their proposed projects within specific demographic groups.

Haugen Performance Consulting will engage collegiate student-athletes and key collegiate sports stakeholders throughout North Dakota. Eyes on the Horizon Consulting will focus on ranchers and farmers in rural North Dakota. Minot State University – North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities will target high-risk populations, specifically individuals with disabilities and those experiencing mental health challenges. Consensus Council and Cook Center for Human Connection will direct suicide prevention efforts toward adolescents and young adults. Peer Vision for Mental Health will provide suicide prevention services for veterans.

In February, HHS issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking entities interested in implementing evidence-based suicide prevention strategies and best practices. This initiative is funded using state funds between May 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. 

HHS reminds North Dakotans in crisis or contemplating suicide to call or text 988. The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the United States.

The Behavioral Health Division is responsible for reviewing and identifying service needs and activities in the state’s behavioral health system to ensure health and safety, access to services and quality services. For more information visit Behavioral Health | Health and Human Services North Dakota

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