North Dakota health officials respond to rising suicide rate
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are working to prevent more suicides after a national report showed an alarming jump in the state’s suicide rate.
The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that North Dakota’s suicide rate rose 58 percent from 1999 to 2016 — the biggest increase in the country over that time.
In 2016, 134 North Dakotans died by suicide.
The North Dakota Department of Health recently awarded $300,000 to suicide prevention programs throughout the state. The grants were part of an appropriation approved by state lawmakers.
Kora Dockter, chairwoman of the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Coalition, says people thinking about suicide can get better through treatment and that “help is only a phone call away.”
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).