Student Mental Health

Student Mental Health

In response to the growing behavioral and mental health needs of students in local districts, United Way has partnered with both West Fargo Public Schools and the Northern Cass School District to increase access and remove barriers for students needing services.  During the first 6 months of services, 123 students received mental health support while at school.

United Way feels the best way to make proactive investments into reducing barriers to mental health services for families is to partner with individual schools or school districts to provide services where children are at during the school day.  Locally, according to the North Dakota Youth Behavior survey: Nearly 1 in 10 kids in North Dakota has attempted suicide, and only one-third feel comfortable talking to an adult about how they feel.*

By partnering with the school districts, Burgum Family Foundation and local nonprofit service providers like The Village Family Service Center and Imagine Thriving, additional services are provided to students and families to connect students who require support outside of the scope of the school counselors’ role to mental healthcare professionals.  Additionally, this allow districts the flexibility to select service partners who are most appropriate and align strongly with the district’s needs; setting the program up for long term sustainability.

The professionals provide support and provide parents/guardians with the information needed to support their child’s mental well-being and to navigate the medical and insurance system. By providing services in the schools, the barrier of transportation is eliminated for students to access additional services.



*North Dakota Department of Public Instruction | 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results



We are so thankful for United Way. We know that bringing mental health services onsite to our schools will be instrumental in connecting students to the services they need and benefit the community by increasing access to and awareness of behavioral health services and resources. Today, we know more about mental health, and therefore we have an obligation to do more than we have ever done.

- Dr. Cory Steiner, Northern Cass Public School Superintendent