For Immediate Release:
Sept. 3, 2013
Governor Dalrymple Proclaims Suicide Prevention Month in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in North Dakota.
According to the North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota ranks fourteenth in the nation for its rate of suicide deaths. Suicide was the eighth leading cause of death in 2012 among North Dakotans. In 2012, 107 North Dakotans died as a result of suicide.
Suicide affects everyone, but some groups are at higher risk than others. Suicide affects people of all ages and races in North Dakota, but suicide rates have typically been higher in the Native American population and for men. Men are four times more likely than women to die from suicide, but women are three times more likely to attempt suicide.
“Being aware of the warning signs of suicide and being willing to talk about suicide is so important,” said Micki Savelkoul, Suicide Prevention Program director for the Department of Health. “Suicide is a very complex and multi-faceted condition. There is rarely one cause for suicide.”
Savelkoul says that when you see behavioral changes in people, don’t be afraid to ask them if they are suicidal, even if the answer is no. People are much more likely to talk to people they trust when first disclosing suicidal thoughts and you won’t put a suicidal thought into someone’s head if they weren’t thinking about suicide previously. There are many evidence based or best practice community trainings such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) or Sources of Strength that provide community members education on what warning signs to watch for, how to talk about suicide and how to get someone help.
Risk factors for suicide include, but are not limited to:
- Previous suicide attempt(s).
- History of depression or other mental illness.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
- Family history of suicide or violence.
- Physical illness.
- Feeling alone.
The warning signs of suicide can include changes in a person’s mood, diet or sleeping pattern; increased alcohol or drug use; withdrawal from friends, family and society; rage or uncontrolled anger; and reckless behavior
Some of the ways to be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide include:
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be nonjudgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Don’t dare him or her to do it.
- Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove lethal means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help from someone specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Help is available by calling 1.800.273.TALK (8255) a free and confidential 24/7 suicide prevention lifeline.
The North Dakota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention raises funds for scientific research, education and treatment programs, as well as programs to support those who have lost loved ones to suicide. This year, six “Out of the Darkness” Community Walks are scheduled in North Dakota to raise funds for suicide prevention and awareness. The events are planned for the following: Bismarck (Sept. 7), Minot (Sept. 7), Dickinson (Sept. 14), Williston (Sept. 15), Fargo (Sept. 22), Valley City (Sept. 29). For information about locations and starting times, contact Mary Weiler at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.afsp.org.
The North Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, Mental Health America of North Dakota, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are partnering with local organizations, tribal agencies, the Veterans Administration, North Dakota National Guard, and community partners to address suicide prevention through the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Coalition.
For information about developing local prevention programs or for more information about suicide prevention or information about the Suicide Prevention Coalition, contact Micki Savelkoul, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.4580. Please note: Proclamation follows.
SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH
WHEREAS, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 24; and
WHEREAS, in the United States, one person dies by suicide every 15 minutes; and
WHEREAS, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in North Dakota and is a concern across all age and cultural demographics; and
WHEREAS, agencies and individuals across North Dakota are working to prevent suicide; and
WHEREAS, North Dakotans are encouraged to learn the warning signs of suicide and to get appropriate help for themselves and their family members who are at risk.
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim September 2013, SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH in the state of North Dakota.
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Please note: To access archived news releases and other information, visit the North Dakota Department of Health Press Room at www.nddohpressroom.gov.
Medical facility grant application-Due November 10, 2013 at 5pm
Posted 10/16/13 (Wed)
Depression and Suicidal Ideation Screening Grant
1.) Please describe the need for this type of grant within your community (Community and patient population). Please describe the specific suicide problem within your community.
2.) Please describe where you intend to implement this program (clinics, Emergency Departments, Primary care, etc.). Who will be the contact person for this project? How many patients do you anticipate to screen monthly?
3.) Please provide a description of the need for training in order to implement this program. Who do you expect to train and what type of training do you expect to use (on-line, in person, data entry, how to talk to a suicidal patient, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training, etc.)?
4.) Please provide a detailed timeline for development of a suicide screening policy, education of staff, and implementation of patient screenings.
5.) How will staff be educated on the depression and suicide screening policy and how will it be implemented?
6.) Screening for depression is important, equally important is how and where patients are referred for follow up care. Please describe what types of interventions you plan on using for patients (examples are: physician counseled, referred to social worker, referred to private counselor, referred to phone case management, etc.). Please describe the process your facility will use when making referrals.
7.) Because this is a grant funded activity there is no guarantee that funds will be continued next year, please describe your sustainability plan to keep the depression screening going after this grant year expires.
8.) Do you have an electronic medical record? If yes, do you plan to incorporate the PHQ2 or PHQ9 into your record?
9.) Funds from this grant are available for client services only that are currently not covered by other funding. Do you currently receive funding for depression screening and referrals from other sources, including private insurance?
10.) Do you have the ability to provide reports including de-identified data on age, sex, race of patients as well as where they were referred to after screening for this project?
11.) Please attach the completed budget with this application.