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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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Behavioral/Mental Health IVN Recording - March 29, 2018

To view the Behavioral/Mental Health IVN, hosted by NDSU Extension and presented by Prairie St. John's click here 

(The speaker information and schedule is listed in a previous post). 

After watching the three hour recording, fill out the evaluation and send to Kim Bushaw, NDSU, Dept. 7260, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or email . If you would like a certificate of attendance (3 contact hours), pre-approved by the North Dakota Board of Social Work, please request one when you send in your completed evaluation. Include your email or mailing address for the certificate. 

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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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