Public Health Approach
Suicide is a public health issue that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Its causes are complex and determined by a variety of biological, psychological, environmental, and social influences. The North Dakota National Guard embraces the public health approach to suicide prevention using a research-informed strategy to combat the risk factors and promote protective factors within our military and civilian communities.
The ND National Guard Suicide Prevention Program provides training and support to Service Members and Military Families; serving as subject matter expects to all levels of leadership and acting as partners in prevention with community stakeholders.
Reduced suicidal ideation & attempts
Reduced rates of suicide
Increased help-seeking behavior
Reduced psychological destress
Improved reporting following suicide
Ask, Care, Escort (ACE) (4 Hours)
Ask, Care Escort Suicide Intervention (ACE-SI) Course (8 Hours)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (16 Hours)
Engage Training (2 Hours)
Targeted Prevention Training (1 Hour)
Veterans/Military Crisis Line (VCL/MCL)
The VCL/MCL is a free, confidential resource that provides Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) support for all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, all Veterans, and their families, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the VCL/MCL are specially trained and experienced in helping Service members and Veterans of all ages and circumstances. If you, or someone you know is in a crisis, there is help – contact the VCL/MCL.
Phone: 800-273-8255, press 1
In an emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number immediately. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department, or an ambulance.
National Poison Control
If you suspect a poisoning, contact a Poison Control Center right away, online, or by phone. Knowing is safer than guessing, and quick action could save a life.
Help is available online, with the web POISONCONTROL tool, or by phone at 800-222-1222.
Both options are free, expert, and confidential.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of 150+ crisis centers.
Phone: 800-273-TALK (8255)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
National Office Toll-Free: 1-888-333-AFSP (2377)
Phone: (212) 363-3500
General Inquiries: email
Give An Hour
Give An Hour provides care and support for those who otherwise might not receive it by harnessing the skill, expertise, and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals across the country.
Defense Suicide Prevention Office
Advances holistic, data-driven suicide prevention in our military community through policy, oversight, and engagement to positively impact individual beliefs and behaviors, as well as instill systemic culture change. Additional materials and resources can be found on the Defense Suicide Prevention Office website.
A free, confidential program that offers specialized coaching and assistance for active-duty Service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans, and retirees who need access to a new mental health provider or wish to initiate mental health care for the first time. inTransition services are available to ALL military members regardless of length of service or discharge status.
Outside the United States (international toll-free number): 800-424-4685
Outside the United States (collect): 314-387-4700
All calls are confidential and free.
For non-crisis concerns, such as relationship, family, or financial challenges, Military OneSource provides 24/7 service to all Service members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and eligible family members. Arrange a face-to-face, phone, online, or video counseling session via the contacts below.