prevention

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…

April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissions signed a symbolic proclamation

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners made an official proclamation, though the month goes on nationwide. The proclamation states that child abuse prevention is a community effort, and that all citizens should be more aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. There are many ways the community can…

The Drug and Alcohol Culture of the Red River Valley

One of the biggest messages being sent today is not to ignore the small stuff. He says those decisions can really affect your future

MOORHEAD, Minn. — People across the country are concerned about the drug and alcohol culture in today’s society. Drug and substance abuse is sweeping the nation and one officer is traveling from state to state to teach people what to look for. “What are all the trends you’re seeing, what do they mean, what’s going on, the why,” explained Jermaine…

How the Metro is Battling the Opioid Epidemic

The Fargo Police Department says their priority is arresting the people bringing the drugs to the metro

FARGO, ND — Last year, 23 people died from opioids in Cass County. This year, through September there have been nine. The numbers seem to be decreasing in the metro, but the epidemic is still affecting hundreds. Solving a problem as big as the opioid epidemic is not simple. “The medical folks are dealing with the issues of drugs and…

Suicide Prevention Walks Happening Across the Country

More than 1,400 walkers showed their support for survivors and lives lost while walking down North University Drive

FARGO, ND — Out of the darkness community walks are happening all over the country. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held its 12th annual walk in Fargo. More than 1,400 walkers showed their support for survivors and lives lost while walking down North University Drive. They also listened to a live band, created posters, learned about health services and…

Tool for Helping Suicide Prevention: “I Made 18 Phone Calls Before I Found Somebody”

So the panel created the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale to assess the risk of each person, and determine the appropriate treatment option

FARGO, ND — A new suicide screening tool is being used by health professionals in the metro. It’s a way officials hope creates common ground for health professionals to determine how to work with each patient. “I ended up putting a gun to my head and pulling the trigger,” said Scott Geiselhart, who is a former Frazee firefighter. “My favorite gun…

Medical Drill Teaches the Public to Recognize the Signs of a Stroke

First responders are highlighting the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke before the ambulance arrives

CASSELTON, N.D. — The sirens of an ambulance usually mean someone needs help. But they also imply help is on the way. “Getting the public aware of stroke signs and symptoms and to call 911 and the importance of having the paramedics prior to going to the hospital is very important,” said Megan Carlblom, the stroke program manager at Essentia…

Preventing Panhandling and Promoting Change In Downtown Fargo

Fargo Business Improvement District and the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons have partnered up to say there are other ways to help

FARGO, ND — When you are walking down the street and a homeless person asks for some spare change, the jiggling in your pocket may push you to give back. “We have kind hearted people in Fargo/Moorhead and that’s not going to change,” said Chris Schlepp, the Fargo BID Operations Manager. But the Fargo Business Improvement District and the FM…

Gooseberry Park 5K Brings Awareness to Stillbirth Prevention

Families are running to create change at the fourth annual Mary–Alice 5K

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A local non–profit is showing people in the metro how prevention exists for stillbirth.  They feel the most important step is educating the community. People from the Valley are coming together to melt away the stigma associated with pregnancy loss. “This is a really great place for families to come and have some fun in honor of…

Local Programs Continue Despite Defunding of BreatheND

The funding will now be housed at the North Dakota Department of Health

FARGO, ND — BreathND is done at the end of the month. The legislature voted to defund the state’s tobacco prevention agency in April. There will no longer be a statewide agency dedicated to tobacco prevention come July 1st. The funding will now be housed at the North Dakota Department of Health. Whether it was providing education or a plan…