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In North Dakota, suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 36% of North Dakota high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless, 19% seriously considered suicide, 15% made a plan about how they would attempt suicide, and 6% actually attempted suicide in the 12 months prior to the 2021 survey. Schools can play an important role in preventing suicide and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing among North Dakota youth.

ND HOPES offers education, training, and consultation to schools in Western North Dakota. We can help your school:

  • Promote connectedness and help-seeking among students and staff through the Sources of Strength program.

  • Identify and support students at risk by providing education and training on warning signs, effective communication, and how to connect youth to care.

  • Develop policies and procedures that help prevent suicide and promote mental wellbeing.

Contact us at to learn more and get involved.


Not sure where to get started? That’s okay! Contact us, and we’ll set up a meeting to discuss your goals and come up with a game plan.

In addition to these services, ND HOPES partners with North Dakota’s Behavioral Health in Education: Resources and Opportunities (B-HERO) Technical Assistance Center to provide a more expansive menu of options. Please visit their website to learn more about the services they offer.

Whether you engage with ND HOPES or are simply seeking information on our website, our goal is to equip you with what you need to know to prevent suicide. Whether you are a teacher, principal, student, staff member, parent, or community member, everyone has a role to play. Start by learning the FACTS or warning signs.

  • Feelings, like expressing hopelessness about the future.

  • Actions, like engaging in risky behavior or withdrawing from activities.

  • Changes in normal behavior like participation in social activities, withdrawal from friends, sleeping more or less than usual, or displaying anger or hostility.

  • Threats, such as talking or writing about suicide.

  • Situations that can lead to suicidal behavior such as getting in trouble, experiencing loss, or going through a significant change.

If you notice any of these warning signs, express concern, ask directly about suicide, encourage a call or text to 988, and involve a trusted adult. And don’t forget, ND HOPES is here to help.

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Resource Spotlight

B-HERO Resource Hub

The Behavioral Health in Education: Resources and Opportunities (B-HERO) Technical Assistance Center is a collaboration between the Central Regional Education Association and the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division. B-HERO serves as a connection for the community of Behavioral Health Resource Coordinators (BHRCs) across North Dakota with the focus of building knowledge, sharing expertise, highlighting successes, and problem-solving perceived barriers. Access their Resource Hub for training tools and learning opportunities.

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