Northern Lights Pulse is a platform designed to direct youth to the resources that they need. While we are not health care professionals, we can direct you to the people and organizations that can best help you. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
Substance Abuse and Prevention Services
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Suicide Prevention Services
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 or chat online here
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline - FirstLink’s 988 Lifeline, 988, is connected to a national network of crisis services, so no call for help is unanswered. Our Call Specialists help those who are having thoughts of suicide themselves, or who have a concern about someone.
- Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741
Rape and Abuse Services
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE, en español) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country, and it operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo, ND
The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo–Moorhead (RACC) provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, trafficking/sexual exploitation, and child sexual abuse in eastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota. They are committed to transforming our community’s response to violence and abuse to ensure healing for those who have been victimized and personal safety for all.
CAWS North Dakota
CAWS North Dakota is the statewide sexual and domestic violence coalition. We support and present a unified voice for the 20 crisis intervention centers across North Dakota. CAWS North Dakota works to strengthen connections. We focus our energy and resources on connecting victims of sexual and domestic violence, as well as, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking to services in their communities. We also connect diverse partners in communities across the state to better serve victims, from social and legal services to law enforcement and legislators.
211 Community Resource Directories
211 is a free, confidential service available 24/7, 365 days a year. The website links provided below allow you access anytime to the resource databases for the 211 helplines in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. You will find resources for places like counseling, health care, food pantries, rent assistance, and much more that you and your friends and family can all benefit from. You can also reach a live person anytime just by dialing 211 or texting your zip code to 898-211. 211 isn’t just for resources; trained staff are standing by to answer your call for any reason. Going through a breakup? Getting bullied at school or online? Feeling suicidal? Just having a bad day? Call or text 211 to talk with a real person about your real struggles. All free from the comfort of your own home, with the knowledge that your identity and what you discuss will remain confidential.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
No matter your age or the challenges you face, resources and support are available at the NAMI Minnesota to help you lead a full life, accomplish your goals and make your dreams come true.
The NAMI North Dakota is a nonprofit grassroots mental health organization. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness.
NAMI South Dakota was founded in 1987. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to carrying out the mission to improve the lives of persons affected by mental illness. The Mission of NAMI South Dakota is to provide education, support, and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by mental illness.
Mental health problems don’t only affect adults. Children, teens, and young adults can have mental health problems, too. In fact, three out of four people with mental health problems showed signs before they were 24 years old. MentalHealth.gov offers a lot of information on how to talk about mental health and where to get help if you or someone you know needs it.
Teen Mental Health
Teen Mental Health has lots of information about mental health including specific information about disorders, but also about the teen brain, importance of sleep, and other issues impacting teens. There are also stories from teens about living with certain mental health issues as well as sections for friends, teachers, parents, and health professionals about how to help teens struggling with mental health concerns.
You Matter is a movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you—unique and real you—matter. And because just about everyone—at some point—hits the wall, we’re here to help. You Matter was created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to let people know that suicide is preventable. If you need support, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with the lifeline.
Your Life, Your Voice
Your Life, Your Voice is supported by the Boys Town National Hotline, and it provides several ways for teens to get connected with someone to discuss any issue that is impacting them in the moment such as feeling depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or being faced with an overwhelming challenge. You can call 1-800-448-3000, text “VOICE” to 20121 to start chat, or email from their website to get support, guidance, and resources. Their website also features a variety of journal pages if you just want a way to start to sort out your thoughts on your own.
JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED’s programs are grounded in their Model for Comprehensive Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities, developed in collaboration with SPRC.
Check out their programs including:
Trans Lifeline Hotline
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.
Our hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.