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Life Savers  7/27/18From 1999-2016, the suicide rate in ND jumped more than 57%.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was the highest percentage increase in the nation during that time period.

Suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contribute to risk for suicide.  In its study, the CDC found that found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

The American Association of Suicidology, in 2008, estimated that for every completed suicide there are as many as 25 more people who at­tempt suicide but do not die.  North Dakota’a crisis-line service provider, FirstLink, reported that in 2015, 1,870 North Dakota residents called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to request support for suicidal thoughts or actions.  FirstLink is reached by calling 211.

NDSU Extension has invited FirstLink to offer training for persons who want to become suicide-alert helpers.  The training, “SafeTALK,” is a 3-hour alertness workshop.  It prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. On a first-come basis, the training sessions are being offered for 30 people at each of three locations:

            Grand Forks on August 16

            Jamestown on August 22

            Mandan on August 30 

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but they are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. 

For more information about the SafeTalk workshops, contact me at the Sargent county office of NDSU Extension by calling 724-3355, ext. 130.

Sources:  https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0607-suicide-prevention.html and http://www.ndhealth.gov/suicideprevention/?id=57

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