Inner Groundwork planning mental health programs in Bismarck Public Schools

BISMARCK, N.D. - According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, In North Dakota, the suicide rate per 100,000 has almost doubled over the past decade and a Bismarck woman says she's on a mission to expand mental health programs.

Michelle Westbrock, of Inner Groundwork, works with children and families offering several programs to cope with difficulties in life. Westbrock says they currently hold interactive camps to strengthen emotional skills. She spoke at the Surprise Church service, Sunday morning.

"We cultivate all these skills through getting our hands dirty and being present and interacting with animals, gaining skills like empathy, kindness and gratitude," said Michelle Westbrock, Board of Directors Inner Groundwork.

Westbrock plans to make services available in Bismarck Public Schools starting in 3rd grade.