The latest coronavirus news from North Dakota: Money for Suicide Prevention, Airport Aid, and More.
Tribal suicide prevention
Spirit Lake Tribe is one of 26 nationwide organizations receiving a federal grant from the Drug Abuse and Mental Health Authority to help prevent suicides during the coronavirus pandemic.
The North Dakota tribe gets close to $ 800,000. It is the only facility in the state to receive a grant through the Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants program.
“Americans across our country continue to struggle with COVID-related increases in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, isolation, job and housing losses, and other stressors,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, assistant secretary of the US health service and social services for mental health and substance use. “These grants support the establishment of contact with people at risk of suicide and victims of domestic violence.”
Funding comes from Congress-approved pandemic aid.
According to U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, RN.D., two western North Dakota airports are getting more federal aid to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
The money was approved by Congress last year and distributed by the Federal Ministry of Transport.