Skip to main content

The MN National Guard will host a fun run for suicide prevention


Suicide rates are on the rise in Minnesota, and the National Guard is looking for new ways to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

They will be hosting a "Power of One" fun run during National Suicide Prevention Week.

It will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills on Sunday, Sept. 11. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the opening ceremony will kick off at 9 a.m.

The run "emphasizes the power that one individual has to save a life and prevent suicide," the National Guard said in a news release.

During the run, participants will learn about risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors.

The free event will help guardsmen meet their annual suicide prevention requirements while bringing together battle buddies, family members, and the local community.

Saturday is World Suicide Prevention Day

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, the National Guard posted a moving video titled "I'm Only Human."

Check it out below:

Suicide on the rise in Minnesota

The suicide rate for adults in Minnesota was the highest on record last year.

According to the MN Department of Health:

726 people died by suicide in 2015 – so the rate was 13.1 per 100,000 people.

Previously, the highest rate had been 13. That was set back in 1986.

And the rise is mostly among men.

"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," the National Guard said.

Anyone who is in crisis can get in touch with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24/7, by calling 1-800-273-8255, or chatting online here.

Next Up

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.

chad davis arradondo flickr

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo to retire next month

He's overseen the MPD since mid-2017, following the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond


Adjutant General: not all National Guard suicides related to service

The 24 suicides among Minnesota National Guard members since 2007 are more than in any other state's Guard. But Adjutant General Rick Nash says not all of those suicides were related to military service. Nash says the trend in the Guard reflects an increase in suicides among Minnesotans generally.

K-9 officer prevents young man's suicide in northern woods

He was found as he tried to evade a police dog and searchers.