Children, Families and Finances


NDSU Extension 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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ND Behavioral Health

If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need.

Be the differance

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Apply Now for the Youth Ending Stigma Challenge!

The Governor and First Lady of North Dakota are excited to launch the first-ever Youth Ending Stigma Challenge! The YES Challenge will enable student-led initiatives and projects focused on eliminating social stigma surrounding the disease of addiction and mental health conditions in their schools and communities. Student groups can each earn up to $1,000 to execute their project or initiative ideas!   

If you are passionate about getting involved to transform your school and community, while contributing to solutions at a statewide level, the YES Challenge is perfect for you! You will be challenged to create and run an initiative to eliminate stigma surrounding addiction or mental health conditions over the course of eight weeks. Projects could include awareness campaigns, social inclusion programs, community events, and anything else you can think of – get creative! The deadline for applying for the Youth Ending Stigma Challenge is Friday, February 15th at 5 PM Central.

All of the challenge details can be found in the links below. We’ve included very easy to share social media links, the program information packet, and application form online.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! You can send all inquiries to Joey Ness, Office of the First Lady, at or Jenny Olson, Office of Recovery Reinvented, at

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Identifying Signs of Stress in Your Children and Teens

Young people, like adults, experience stress.

It can come from a variety of sources including doing well in school, making and sustaining friendships, or managing perceived expectations from their parents, teachers or coaches. Some stress can be positive in that it provides the energy to tackle a big test, presentation or sports event. Too much stress, however, can create unnecessary hardship and challenge. Adults can sometimes be unaware when their children or teens are experiencing overwhelming feelings of stress. 

Watch for negative changes in behavior.Youth of all ages, but especially younger children, may find it difficult to recognize and verbalize when they are experiencing stress. For children, stress can manifest itself through changes in behavior.

Common changes can include:

  • acting irritable
  • moody
  • withdrawing from activities that used to give them pleasure,
  • routinely expressing worries
  • complaining more than usual about school
  • crying
  • displaying surprising fearful reactions
  • clinging to a parent or teacher
  • sleeping too much or too little
  • eating too much or too little.
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Healthy bonding and attachment between parent and child is one of the biggest factors preventing behavioral health issues like underage drinking, drug use, depression, and anxiety. Knowing parents can have such a positive influence on the overall health and well-being of their children, Parents Lead has recently expanded its focus from underage drinking prevention to all children’s behavioral health topics.

Our mission is simple: To support parents in promoting the behavioral health of their children.

Go to the NEW site. 

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