As teens in Minnesota and across the nation deal with depression and mental health issues amid the pandemic, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is joining 39 attorneys general across the nation to address youth and young adult suicide. Ellison says he’s always been focused on the issue, but especially during the pandemic…

“The first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to lift up a flag and we’re going to say there are other ways to deal with the problems of life and so often people who are contemplating suicide they feel alone, they feel isolated.”

The attorneys general will be working through the Jason Foundation–which is recognized as a national leader in youth and young adult suicide awareness and prevention with over 125 affiliate offices located in 34 states which provides services for all 50 states. Suicide ranks as the leading cause of death for young people ages 12-18 in Minnesota–and it ranks as the 2nd-leading cause of death in 10-24-year-olds.