kids mental health

Three ways you can help today:

1.  Download or order a copy of the Robbie’s Hope Handbook.
2.  Watch “Break the Silence,” a short film.
3.  Learn more about the state of kids mental health in North Dakota.

Welcome and thank you for being a part of DMF’s Kids Mental Health initiative. Alongside our generous and committed partners, we are working to end the interconnected epidemics of addiction, suicide, and child sexual abuse. We see our role at DMF at the intersection of curriculum development, resource curation, and data collection and analysis. Please join us as we lift up and empower the organizations working to create a region of the healthiest, most prosperous kids in the country. 

1. Download or order a copy of the Robbie's Hope Handbook.

Robbie’s Hope is an organization with a straightforward mission: cut the teen suicide rate in half by 2028. It is DMF’s honor to partner with such an impactful organization, as we all aim to become a voice for those suffering in silence. Written by kids for parents, the Robbie’s Hope handbook is filled with useful tips and resources that will help you start a conversation about mental health with the kids in your life today. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Robbie’s Hope for all that they’re doing for teens and families across the country.  

2. Watch "Break the Silence," a short film.

Suicide has become the second leading cause of death among teens in the US. What’s even more alarming is that North Dakota consistently ranks in the top 10 of states with the highest suicide rates and twice the national average. Now, more than ever, kids need to know this topic is not off-limits.

3. Learn more about the state of kids mental health in North Dakota.

In Spring 2021, DMF commissioned a survey to assess the state of kids mental health across North Dakota. The Foundation surveyed nearly 500 providers, youth-serving organizations, and parents, and the results were eye-opening. Below, you can download the survey results and view a recording of a recent panel discussion at DMF where potential solutions were proposed.

"DMF Survey of Youth-Serving Organizations, Providers, and Parents"

Local Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or is in urgent need of mental health care and support, call 9-1-1 immediately.

For local organizations near you, please refer to the list of contacts below:

National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
FirstLink: 2-1-1
The Village Family Service Center: 701-451-4900
Valley Christian Counseling Center: 701-232-6224
Justin’s Break the Silence: 701-271-0263
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: 701-371-1194

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