Editor's note: If you or a loved one is in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).
Mourning the loss of a classmate, family member and friend, a candlelight vigil was held for 13-year-old Moorhead student Jacoby Blake on Friday, Oct. 9.
In Grand Forks, hundreds gathered to remember University of North Dakota sophomore John Hauser. An aviation student, he died in a plane crash on Oct. 18. Authorities are investigating it as an intentional crash.
Carolyn Broden, assistant director of substance use and outreach for UND Counseling, says quick responses after a tragedy are important to support the campus.
"After things like this happen, it's not how are we going to be of service, it's what do we need to do to make sure that we can be there," Broden said.
Anyone impacted by suicide can call First Link at 211. The service connects people with resources, including those for mental health.
"We certainly can give people information about our services. So if people feel like they need someone to talk to about how they're feeling after a suicide has happened, they can call us for that type of concern also," said First Link operations manager Ashley Ladbury Hrichena.
Calls to First Link are on track to out-pace last year's record numbers.
First Link also teaches suicide prevention in Fargo schools, helping students look after one another and get professional resources.
"Lots of kids (are) coming into therapy, saying that they knew someone who completed suicide, wanting to talk about it. Finding themselves feeling hopeless as well, and I think that it really needs to start at home. Parents really need to open up these conversations," said Katie Dahlstrom, a licensed marriage and family therapist for The Village Family Service Center in Moorhead.
Dahlstrom says parents should be talking to their children about suicide.
"You will not plant a seed about suicide, or about your child thinking about suicide by bringing it up in a conversation," Dahlstrom said. "Bringing it up actually shows that you care and you're not afraid to talk about this subject matter with them."
If you or someone you know have concerns about suicide, call First Link at 211.