SUICIDE

How A Family Affected by Suicide is Spreading Mental Health Awareness

According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States

HAWLEY, Minn. — A Hawley family is celebrating the memory of their daughter exactly one year after her passing. The Bjorndahls lost their daughter Katie to an overdose on September 29, 2018. Now, nearly 150 friends, family, teammates, teachers and colleagues are gathered at the Hawley Softball Field in her honor. The memorial is a marriage of music, poetry and…

Community Members Walk for Suicide Prevention

About 2,000 people participated in this year's Out of the Darkness Walk

FARGO, N.D. — With every step taken, walkers at this year’s Out of the Darkness fundraiser are hoping to get to a world where suicide isn’t the answer for anybody. “We’re physically walking together, which I think has its own health benefits and community–building benefits, but the actual act of fundraising and raising money for a cause that you believe…

Suicide Prevention Month Aims to Raise Awareness

The Out of the Darkness Walk will be September 15

FARGO, N.D. — On average, one person dies by suicide every 57 hours in North Dakota. That’s according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide Prevention Month aims to raise awareness. The topic hits close to home for Tristan Ross. He’s lost several friends to suicide. “One of them even the night before, I was watching the Snapchats, he…

Jeffrey Epstein Has Died Overnight By Suicide

CNN — Jailed multimillionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died overnight by suicide, according to two law enforcement sources. He was taken from New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in cardiac arrest and died at an area hospital, the sources told CNN. Epstein, 66, had been jailed since early July, when he pleaded not guilty to…

Norman County Death Ruled A Suicide

Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton won't disclose how the man died.

BORUP, Minn. – A man found dead in a field near Borup last week died of an apparent suicide. Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton did not say how 31-year-old Ruslan Arr-stan-ali-yevv of Bensalem, Pennsylvania died, but says his injuries are believed to be self-inflicted. Authorities say the man was driving a semi and got stuck in the snow on Highway…

Psychologist Gives Her Take After Children’s Video is Found With Suicide Instructions

She says it's important to talk to children about risky content on the internet

You may think platforms like YouTube Kids are safe for children, but you might want to think again. A Florida mother recently found a video of a cartoon, and in the middle, it shows a man telling kids how to slit their wrists. Therapists say kids have more access and spend more time with electronics, and depending on their developmental…

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…

Couple Found Dead from Suspected Murder-Suicide in Fargo Identified

Fargo Police responded to 1814 16th Street South

UPDATE – Fargo Police identify the couple as 78-year-old John T. Ham and 80-year-old Lois Ann Ham.   FARGO, N.D. — An elderly man and woman were found dead this morning at 1814 16th Street South from gunshot wounds. Fargo Police responded around 11 a-m. Neighbors say there was lots of commotion on the street with all emergency vehicles. Police…

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…

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…