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North Dakotans Learn about Mental Health, Alcohol Abuse, Farm Stress

North Dakota has the lowest number of overdose deaths per person but the highest number of bars per person.

These were among the statistics participants heard at the third annual Behavioral Health for Your Family and Community workshop that the North Dakota State University Extension Service hosted.

During the three-hour workshop, mental health professionals from Prairie St. John’s in Fargo discussed mental health in the state’s aging population, the prevalence of alcohol use and abuse in the state, and the stress that farmers, ranchers and their families are experiencing as the result of last year’s drought and low commodity prices. The presenters provided warning signs of these issues and helpful resources.

To hear the recorded workshop, go to or search mental health IVN, NDSU. Instructions are included if you want to receive a certificate after listening to the workshop.


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