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NDCPD contract to provide safeTALK 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 N.D. Department of Health, Suicide Prevention Division to provide four safeTALK suicide prevention trainings throughout the region.  SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

“Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives,” said Christine Brigden, project coordinator. “Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these ‘invitations’ and take action by connecting the individuals with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in applied suicide intervention skills training or ASIST.”

NDCPD will provide four safeTALK half-day alertness trainings throughout the region. For more information on safeTALK and area trainings, please visit If interested in hosting or attending a training, please contact Brigden at (701)858-3356 or


Published: 08/18/16

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