BISMARCK, ND - In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month this September, North Dakota Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is encouraging awareness of resources and key actions that can help save lives. While suicide prevention is important year-round, education, promoting compassion, learning and sharing resources during this month can help all North Dakotans be prepared to play an important role in preventing a tragic decision to be made by a struggling individual.
During the month of September, approximately 1.3 million people in the U.S. will have suicidal thoughts, 142,000 will attempt suicide, and 4,000 will die by suicide (Be the Change: How to Support Suicide Prevention Efforts This September – Suicide Prevention Resource Center (sprc.org)). In 2022, 171 North Dakota residents died by suicide, according to ND Vital Records.
“North Dakota continues to be impacted by suicide. We encourage everyone to create a safety plan both for themselves and for their loved ones, whether it be their teenager, their aging parent or themselves,” said Laura Anderson, Assistant Director, NDHHS Behavioral Health Division. “Our prevention efforts continue as we fund organizations to implement suicide prevention efforts with a focused goal of saving lives.”
Suicide prevention can and should happen everywhere that people live, work and play.
NDHHS’ Behavioral Health Division is responsible for reviewing and identifying service needs and activities in the state's behavioral health system to ensure health, safety and access to quality services. It establishes quality assurance standards for the licensure of substance use disorder program services and facilities and provides policy leadership in partnership with public and private entities. For more information, visit behavioralhealth.nd.gov.