What’s FirstLink?

Community Services At Your Finger Tips

FirstLink is a free, confidential service available to anyone 24/7/365 for listening and support, referrals to resources/help and crisis intervention. FirstLink answers the 211 help line, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and communicates via Text line 898-211. FirstLink provides these services across the entire state of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. Dial 2-1-1 or text 898-211 from your zipcode anywhere in our service area for confidential help and support.

24-Hour FirstLink
2-1-1 Helpline

Dial 2-1-1 or 701-235-SEEK (7335) if you are wondering about local community and volunteer resources or if you would like listening and support.

211 or 701-235-SEEK (7335)

24-Hour Suicide Lifeline

Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide.

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Phone Services

Crisis Service Agencies contract with FirstLink to answer their phones after hours.

Caring Contacts

FirstLink offers Caring Contacts, a program that receives referrals from hospitals and clinics across North Dakota as well as the 211 Helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Line. The program offers informal resources and coping strategies, encourages mental health treatment, and provides non-judgmental listening and support. Calls are offered weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly and work around your schedule.

Community Navigator for Addiction

The Community Navigator assists people in finding treatment and recovery resources through personal connection, follow-up and encouragement. Dial 2-1-1 if you or someone you know is in need of help for substance misuse.


American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)

The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) improves access to services for all people through quality information and referral. AIRS provides a professional umbrella for all I&R providers in both public and private organizations. Comprehensive and specialized I&R programs help people in every community and operate as a critical component of the health and human service delivery system.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provides crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

Board of Directors

Christine Club | Board Chair
Norm Robinson | External Chair
Sara Monson | Governance Chair
Christel Schmidt | Internal Chair
Jessica Mack | Internal
Leann Wallin | Internal
Sheena Sando | External
Dean Haaland | Governance
Hollie McLean | Governance
Marty Riske | External
Thomas Tweten | External
Austen McFarren | Internal

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