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The NDSU Extension Service recognizes the crucial need for mental and behavioral health awareness, education, and referrals. Although we do not employ mental health professionals, we provide educational resources on topics in mental and behavioral health and partner with existing groups and organizations to further training and support in this area. This site provides information on selected resources and programs to increase awareness and assist individuals in seeking out support for needs related to mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

Mental / Behavioral Health

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National Safety Council Website

Here is the resource from the National Safety Council that allows businesses/workplaces the opportunity to see the “cost” of substance abuse among their workers, operations, productivity, etc. The website contains information specific to employers on what they can be doing to help.

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Mental Health In the Workplace

“Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.”

This year’s theme of the World Health Organization is mental health in the workplace. Their website outlines key facts, an overview (excerpt above), risk factors, how to create a healthy workplace, supporting people with mental disorders at work, WHO response as well as helpful “related links”. 

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ND Teen Suicide Rate 3 Times Higher Than National Average

North Dakota teens are three times more likely to commit suicide than their peers nationwide, according to the most recent data available.

Read the news story to discover how one prevention program in North Dakota, titled “Sources of Strength,” was developed with members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The data for the story are from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) Mortality File and U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates. The numbers were obtained from the Federally Available Data (FAD) Resource Document.



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FirstLink: A Free and Confidential Helpline Answered 24 Hours a Day!

Are you are working with individuals or groups around issues of stress, or do you know someone who is feeling stressed?

If so, please share the statewide helpline information with them by going to the FirstLink website, Tap the word “resources” at the top of the page and then scroll down to find “printable resources.” Those resources are FirstLink calling cards, bookmarks and brochures. Print as many as you need for your work and community.

FirstLink offers callers listening and emotional support, needs assessment, information, referral, suicide support services and volunteer opportunities. Help is available 24 hours a day:

  • Helpline: Dial 2-1-1 or 701-235-7335
  • 24 Hour Suicide Lifeline: Dial 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Check the NDSU Extension Service’s Children, Families and Finances website at regularly. We add helpful resources as we discover them.


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Mental Health First Aid Newsletter

May is Mental Health Month. This year, Mental Health First Aid USA is taking the opportunity to spread information on social media about how mental illness and addiction affect some key populations — and what we ALL can do to help. Because anyone, anywhere can be the difference for someone facing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Mental Health First Aid Newsletter 

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