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According to a large school-based survey, LGBTQ+ students in North Dakota are more likely to feel sad or hopeless, have thoughts of suicide, make a suicide plan, and attempt suicide than their peers. In addition, many reported that their school environment is not affirming and that school staff do not have the training to know how to be supportive. As a result, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, feel unsafe and victimized, and have higher rates of absenteeism.


ND HOPES takes a multi-tiered, strengths-based approach to suicide prevention that focuses on resilience, hope, and joy within LGBTQIA2S+ communities. Activities include:

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1)  Tailored community-based trainings for professionals in youth-serving programs

2)  Evidence-based interventions in schools and healthcare settings that meet the needs of all youth with tailored approaches for LGBTQIA2S+ youth when safe and appropriate

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Resource Spotlight

Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth

This series of guides by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) can help professionals, families, and communities support the mental well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) youth. The series includes a resource guide and four companion focus guides designed for specific populations. The guides center the input of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and those who have experienced suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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