Doug Barrett | Aug 21, 2017 AT 7:32 am
Grand Forks police say welfare checks on individuals contemplating suicide have become a fairly common call for service. G-F-P-D Lt-Derrick Zimmel says many of those calls are the result of social media postings that alarm friends or relatives.
North Dakota’s suicide rate continues to be above the national average and is the second leading cause of death among the state’s youth. According to the 2015 Youth Risk Survey over 20-percent of high school female students and 12-percent of male students seriously considered suicide during the previous twelve months.
Alison Traynor is the North Dakota Health Department’s Suicide Prevention Director.
Traynor says proven prevention programs do exist and more people are seeking treatments and getting better.
There were 134 reported suicides in North Dakota in 2016.
***People experiencing crisis can contact in-state trained crisis helpers by calling 1-800-273-8255. You can also connect with local chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by visiting a-f-s-p-dot-org.