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Public News Service - ND: Youth Issues

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

North Dakota leads the nation in committing funds for programs to prevent kids and adults from smoking. (American Cancer Society)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota's efforts are leading the nation to keep kids away from tobacco and help those that do smoke, quit. A national report lists North Dakota as one of only two states in the country that funds tobacco prevention and cessation programs at levels recommended by the Cent

New census data shows North Dakota saw the biggest drop in child poverty, but large disparities still exist, especially for Native populations. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota had the biggest drop in the country's child-poverty rate, but child well-being experts say there's more work to do, especially for Native families. The census data shows North Dakota saw a 20-percent drop in the state's child-poverty rate from 2011 to 2015. Experts po

North Dakota health experts warn that, due to a rise in childhood obesity, the next generation could live shorter lives than their parents. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - September is National Childhood Obesity Month, and North Dakota health experts say today's young people could become the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. According to the American Heart Association, one in three children is obese or at risk for high blood p

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

Thousands of North Dakota parents who are behind in child support payments are getting some unique help to catch up. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With Father's Day just around the corner, North Dakota officials are now offering some forgiveness for parents who've been late on their child support payments. For the first time the state's child support service is setting up what's called the Amnesty Project for parents who ow

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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