Parents, caregivers and other trusted adults play a powerful role in supporting the behavioral health and well-being of children.
The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division invites the public to its North Dakota State Fair booth, starting today through July 30, to learn about Parents Lead, an evidence-based prevention program that provides parents and others with a variety of tools and resources that can help support the behavioral health of children.
The booth is located in the Commercial II building and open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT.
“The state fair offers the perfect opportunity to interact directly with parents and community members to equip them with resources on how to engage in conversations with children, be a positive role-model and provide support and engagement so children can grow up healthier and feeling safer,” said Laura Anderson, assistant division director.
Each day, team members from the Behavioral Health Division will engage with visitors by encouraging them to use the booth’s interactive board that provides information on family-friendly activities and thoughtful statements to encourage discussion about behavioral health. The booth will also highlight different behavioral health topics and related prevention, treatment and recovery-oriented programs.
On Tuesday, July 26, fair attendees will receive free Narcan (naloxone), a prescription medication that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose, and training on how to use it.
The Parents Lead website has behavioral health promotion tools and resources not only for parents, but for community members and professionals who work with children, parents and families.