Strike Out the Stigma

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among North Dakotans aged 15 to 44, and yet nearly the entire state is designated as a mental health shortage area.

Teaming up to improve access to mental health services

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is partnering with The Village Family Service Center to raise awareness about mental health resources this summer. For every strikeout thrown at July home games by the Bismarck Larks, Minot Hot Tots and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, BCBSND's Caring Foundation will donate $50 to The Village Family Service Center. All donations will be given directly to The Village.

Mental health services available in North Dakota

If you or someone you know needs mental health support, there are many ways to reach out for help.

Dial 988

If you are thinking about suicide
or worried about another

Dial 911

In other cases of emergency

Dial 211

For free, confidential resources,

listening and support.

Or text your zip code to 898‑211.

The Village

Non-emergency. Help of many kinds

can be found through The Village by calling 1‑800‑627‑8220

Join the summer of strikeouts by donating

The BCBSND Caring Foundation will be accepting donations through July where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to The Village Family Service Center.

Your donations help support the following:

  • $60 =Therapeutic toy so a child can process their trauma
  • $65 = A toy kit for in-home therapists
  • $150 = 1 hour of child behavioral health therapy
  • $300 = 1 session of intensive outpatient work
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Final Strikeout Scoreboard

Grand Total Donations

Grand Total Strikeouts


Bismarck Larks




Minot Hot Tots


Community Donations

State of the stigma

Mental and behavioral health are vital elements of overall well-being. Unfortunately, many people feel shame or reluctance with talking openly about it.

Data shows mental health issues are a major concern in North Dakota. The recent Social Determinants of Health report, by the BCBSND Caring Foundation and the NDSU Center for Social Research, offers key details:

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About The Village Family Service Center

Founded in North Dakota in 1891, The Village provides well-being services to over 80,000 people a year from locations across North Dakota and Minnesota.

  • Counseling for depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns
  • Addiction treatment
  • In-home family therapy
  • Debt management
  • Mentoring
  • Adoption
  • Pregnancy options counseling