Bills introduced at the legislature would require all Minnesota teachers, not only the most senior, to have suicide prevention training — plus there would be a mental health coordinator at the state Education Department. Sue Abderholden with the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-MN) supports it:

“13 percent of 8th-, 9th- and 11th-graders have seriously considered suicide within the last year, with four percent actually attempting. Among our Native American youth it’s even higher… and it’s higher yet among our gay and lesbian youth.”

Police Chief Brian Podany says in his north metro suburb of Blaine, six students have committed suicide this year — four at one school alone.