Minot group gets suicide prevention contract

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.

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