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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.

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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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