Three Twin Cities Teens Longboarding to Raise Awareness of Depression

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A class mate's suicide impacted a group of three young men from Blaine who have set out to raise awareness of the issue.

19-year-olds Lucas Hess, Kyle Olson and Jake Bailey wheeled off on their longboards Friday morning at the start of a 150-mile adventure from Duluth to Blaine.

The group's rally to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention has already collected nearly 2-thousand dollars for the "Suicide Awareness Voices of education outreach program" in Minnesota.

The young men say they want people to get the help they need and don't want others to feel that they are weak if they struggle with depression.

The group hopes the longboard trip will start people talking about the issue.

"They shouldn't be afraid to talk about depression or suicide because it is a disease many people face everyday and a lot of people can help just by talking about it," said Kyle Olson, one of the participants in the longboard journey.

Olson and his friends expect to make it to Blaine by Sunday afternoon.

They are already talking about making the longboard trip an annual adventure to continue to push awareness.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati