PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

ND Suicide-Prevention Grants Come at Crucial Time

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

The North Dakota Suicide Prevention Coalition holds its fourth annual Suicide Prevention Conference online today. (Adobe Stock)
The North Dakota Suicide Prevention Coalition holds its fourth annual Suicide Prevention Conference online today. (Adobe Stock)
 By Mike Moen - Producer, Contact
February 24, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is rolling out another round of grants to help communities prevent suicides, and state officials say there's more urgency with this funding, given the pandemic and its added stresses for many.

The Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division will award $750,000, to be shared by up to 19 community groups, local and tribal governments and nonprofits - all to develop or increase suicide-prevention strategies.

While more people already may have reached out for help, division director Pamela Sagness said history shows that for others, it can take longer for the effects of a crisis to surface.

"This is the time for us to be gearing up to really not only support individuals that are already feeling the mental-health impact, but those that will potentially be feeling those impacts for several years," she said.

The deadline for groups to apply for grant funding is March 5. Sagness said the most recent state data, from last spring, found nearly 70% of respondents reported an increase in mental-health struggles. Nationally, the group Mental Health America reported that nearly 180,000 Americans had frequent thoughts of suicide and self-harm last year - the largest number in its reporting history.

Mental-health providers and advocates have said lack of access to services has been exacerbated by the crisis. Sagness said that's why it's important for grant recipients to build suicide-prevention infrastructure at the local level.

"Who are some high-risk groups that we want to be able to ensure that we're providing services to? For example, survivors of suicide loss, young adults, individuals or service members with military experience," she said.

Prior to the pandemic, the department noted that among North Dakota high-school students, almost 19% reported they had "seriously considered" a suicide attempt in 2019, compared with 12.4% a decade earlier. The National Suicide Prevention Helpline is always available at 800-273-TALK (8255).

Best Practices