Children, Families and Finances


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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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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