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Human Services Department: Behavioral health services are available

The Behavioral Health Division at the North Dakota Department of Human Services is offering services to help North Dakotans’ behavioral health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Director Pam Sagness says it’s normal to feel anxiety and worry during this outbreak, but it’s also important to take care of our own behavioral health, as well as that of other vulnerable people in the community. She says during this period of social distancing, individuals may feel isolated, which can contribute to poor behavioral health.

Resources include stress and anxiety management, impacts of COVID-19 on individuals with behavioral health conditions, and requests for assistance.


Addiction support : call Recovery Talk at 1-844-44TALK2 to speak with a trained peer support specialist.

Suicidal thoughts: National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

Crisis referrals : First Link, 2-1-1

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline for emotional distress and anxiety due to natural or human-caused disasters: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. TYY 1-800-846-8517 for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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