BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Health Department has awarded a statewide suicide prevention contract to the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities in Minot.
Officials say the goal is to start a training program for middle school personnel. The Health Department says the training meets new North Dakota requirements related to youth suicide-risk indicators.
Project coordinator Christine Brigden says a 2011 survey found that almost 20 percent of middle school youth "seriously thought about killing themselves and 5 percent did try to kill themselves."
Brigden says the training may help save some lives.