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NDCPD to provide suicide-prevention training

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a Center of Excellence at Minot State University, has been awarded a contract from the North Dakota Department of Health, Suicide Prevention Division to implement suicide-prevention training at North Dakota skilled nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. The training’s purpose is to increase awareness of suicide issues and improve the health status of North Dakotans by providing quality health care.

“Depression is a serious illness affecting approximately 15 out of every 100 adults over age 65 in the United States. The disorder affects a much higher percentage of people in hospitals and nursing homes” said Christine Brigden, project coordinator. “Older adults are considered at high risk for suicide. When it is properly diagnosed and treated, more than 80 percent of those suffering from depression recover and return to their day-to-day lives.”

NDCPD will provide onsite training at the nursing home or rehabilitation facilities. The training will highlight areas of suicide prevention and screening tools. Facilities interested in hosting a training session should contact Brigden at (701)858-3356 or

Published: 07/24/14

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