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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - ND: Mental Health

About 21.5 million Americans 12 and older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in 2014. (Sacred Heart/Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. -- September is National Recovery Month, and health professionals are focusing on the power of families and communities for people on the road to recovery. More than 50,000 North Dakotans suffered from Substance Abuse Disorder at some point in 2014, according to the most recent data fr

Speaking to someone who is showing warning signs of committing suicide is one of the most important tools for preventing it. (Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakotans are coming out from the shadows to speak up about suicide and suicide prevention. The Bismarck/Mandan Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Friday will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its goal to reduce the suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24 years in North Dakota. (Jared Keener/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – One of the most disturbing figures in new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is that North Dakota teens are three times as likely to commit suicide as their peers nationwide. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in the state. Alison Tra

April is Physical Activity Month, a good time to commit to a daily walk and other moves to get into better shape. (Lindsey G/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – April is Physical Activity Month, and heart health and fitness experts in North Dakota say, 'Get up and move around!' As Americans are more sedentary, the risks increase for heart disease, stroke and other serious health conditions. Heart disease is already the leading cause

Family caregivers often need care themselves, but don't know where to turn. (publichealth.net)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Advocates for people who help and care for their older friends and family members say those caregivers need more recognition and support. AARP North Dakota State Director Josh Askvig said they hear touching stories all the time. "Helping folks like Larry, who's a caregiver

A move to raise North Dakota's nearly lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax is awaiting approval to get onto the November ballot. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is one step closer to raising one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation. In an effort to curb youth smoking, advocates say they've got enough signatures to get a cigarette tax hike on the November ballot. The state hasn't raised tobacco taxes in more than two dec

State health experts have launched a new campaign aimed at curbing the growing number of heroin and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths in North Dakota. (iStockphoto)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Health experts host a community meeting today in Grand Forks to talk about the growing problems of prescription drug and heroin abuse in North Dakota. The meeting is part of the state Department of Human Services' newly-launched "Stop Overdose" campaign. According to the Cent

As part of Stress Awareness Month, state health officials are reminding parents and educators that the end of the school year can be a stressful time for some students. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is Stress Awareness Month, and North Dakota health officials say it's a good time to remember that young students sometimes can need help in managing chronic stress. Alison Traynor, suicide-prevention director at the North Dakota Department of Health, said stressors such as b

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