Year: 2005 Source: Grand Forks, ND: Center for Rural Health, (Fall 2005). 9p. SIEC No: 20070164

This policy brief outlines factors associated with suicide including mental illness, barriers to help, substance abuse, violence, & historical trauma. Suicide trends in North Dakota are discussed as is the cost of suicide (in 1997, the estimated cost of recorded suicide attempts was over $6.4 million). Suicide prevention strategies are described including increased support for existing networks, increased access to mental health services, & anti-bullying & harassment legislation. Suicide prevention activities from across the United States that may be applicable to North Dakota are described. The policy brief ends with recommendations specific to North Dakota. (39 refs.)