prevention

Michigan Man Bikes Across Country in Hopes of Stopping Gun Violence

He created a nationwide hotline for people to call if they're planning violence

FARGO, N.D. — A Michigan man is biking across the country in hopes of stopping people from committing gun violence. Scott Hite stopped in Fargo to talk about www.waitone.org. It’s a nationwide hotline designed for people to call if they’re planning violence. He says he was inspired after learning the Aurora movie theater shooter in Colorado had called a mental…

Fargo VA Working to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, Veteran's Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

FARGO, N.D. — They’re the people who put their lives on the line to serve our country. It’s not uncommon for veterans to take their own lives when they come back home. In order for Keith Huff to do his job in Iraq, he had to change the way he thought about life. “I had to accept my own death. That…

Burning at Orangetheory Fitness for Derrick Jacobs; How the Community is Honoring Him One Year Later

Hearts were heavy on January 6th of 2018...but one year later, the right kinds of celebrations are in place for Derrick Jacobs

FARGO, N.D. — One year ago, Derrick Jacobs of Fargo took his own life. Now 365 days later, friends and family are working out together to honor his memory. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen shows us how Orangetheory is more than just a work out. Hearts were heavy on January 6th of 2018…but one year later, the right kinds of celebrations are…

Ahead of Fire Prevention Week, Kids Learn Firefighters Do More Than Put Out Flames

The interactive displays are helping the kids absorb more than they realize

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Not all heroes wear capes and the Moorhead Fire Department is showing that to the community first hand. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen tells us what kids learned at this year’s open house leading up to Fire Prevention Week. From putting out flames, to finding their way out of a smokey house, kids are learning how to protect themselves…

State Leaders Discuss Suicide Prevention: How to Lower Rising Rates in North Dakota?

Over 100 statewide leaders expressed their concerns and told their stories but one common theme kept overlapping...erasing the stigma

WEST FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp holds a summit to discuss the growing rates of suicide and ways to decrease those numbers. Over 100 statewide leaders shared their experiences and opinions. Every 63 hours, suicide kills one person in North Dakota. “Some of these deaths have been five, six years ago and the pain is just as…

Out of the Darkness Walk Raises Mental Health Awareness for Fourteenth Year

The walk raised over $100,000 for mental health research and suicide prevention

  FARGO, N.D. — More than 2,000 people are raising awareness about suicide and the importance of mental health for the fourteenth year in a row. The Out of the Darkness walk is meant to remind people there is still hope for those who struggle with a mental illness every day. Organizers of the walk say it’s because of mental health…

Fargo Brewing Company Fights to Prevent Suicide

Some say prevention can only happen by getting rid of the stigma against mental health

FARGO, N.D. –Fargo Brewing Company is spending the holiday fighting suicide. For every pint of beer purchased, the brewery will donate one dollar to North Dakota’s Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. One  hundred and forty people committed suicide in North Dakota in 2018 so far. The Foundation hopes to decrease that statistic by at least 20 percent in…

Dakota Medical Foundation Hosts Forum on Preventing Youth Addiction

The younger kids receive education or intervention, the better

FARGO, N.D. — The Dakota Medical Foundation teamed up with LevelUp Fargo to put on a summit on preventing addiction among young people. They say the main points to focus on are prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery, and that addiction needs to be treated like any other medical condition. “We remove the stigma that addiction is a disease, not a moral…

Synthetic Opioids Are Proving to Be More Deadly than Prescription Opioids

Despite this sudden rise, law enforcement and medical professionals still look to combat the problem as a whole

FARGO, N.D. — For the past few years, opioid addiction has been a major issue in the Fargo-Moorhead area. But now, some more potent opioids have emerged on the scene. “Fentanyl is a hundred times as potent as morphine, and then there are some derivatives like carfentanil which has been around and can be obtained as hundred times as powerful…

N.D. Department of Health Holds “Green Dot” Violence Prevention Training

People representing Fargo, Grand Forks, and Valley City took part to bring what they learned back to their communities

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health held its first “Green Dot” Violence Prevention Training. The program aims to help end dating/domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. People representing Fargo, Grand Forks and Valley City took part in the 4–day training program and will bring what they learned back to their communities. “We are responsible for our community. We…