Minnesota National Guard hosts fun run to bring awareness to suicide prevention efforts

September 9, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is hosting a “Power of One” Fun Run, Sunday, September 11, during National Suicide Prevention Week to call attention to suicide prevention efforts in the military and civilian communities.


Runners will have the unique opportunity to connect with risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors during their run. During the event participants will learn how to help someone who is suicidal and build a personal survival kit.


According to recent data from the Minnesota Department of Health, suicides continue to be on the rise in the State of Minnesota, increasing by six percent in the last year. While suicide presents a challenge for the Minnesota National Guard and the State of Minnesota as a whole, action is being taken to confront the issue through resilience and suicide prevention and awareness training, outreach and partnerships with Minnesota support agencies to minimize the risk of suicide in at-risk populations.


Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the opening ceremony will kick off at 9:00 a.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center, 1245 County Hwy 96, Arden Hills, MN, 55112.


For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org.



FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410.