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Published November 30, 2009, 10:47 AM

Money for suicide prevention running out in ND

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A three-year, $1.2 million federal grant used to fund youth suicide prevention programs in North Dakota is ending and the state's application for another grant has been denied.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A three-year, $1.2 million federal grant used to fund youth suicide prevention programs in North Dakota is ending and the state's application for another grant has been denied.

Gail Erickson, suicide prevention director for the state Health Department, says if another grant program cannot be found, there will be little money to work with.

Erickson says the state Legislature earlier this year approved $250,000 over the next two years for suicide prevention programs, but that money will be stretched thin.

The Health Department says suicide is the second-leading cause of death among North Dakotans ages 15 to 24 and the 10th leading cause of death overall.

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