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www.wmfd.com - A group of Minnesota teens is about to embark on a journey for a good cause but they won't use any conventional means to travel. Instead, they're planning on using longboards a longer version of a skateboard to travel from Blaine, Minnesota to Duluth. Boua Xiong reports they're making the trip to help raise awareness of depression. }}" />

   
 
 
Minnesota Teens Longboarding To Raise Depression Awareness

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  Original Published: 8/22/2013 A group of Minnesota teens is about to embark on a journey for a good cause but they won't use any conventional means to travel. Instead, they're planning on using longboards a longer version of a skateboard to travel from Blaine, Minnesota to Duluth. Boua Xiong reports they're making the trip to help raise awareness of depression. Longboarders have a reputation for being tough. But they travel in packs for a reason. "Whoa, you okay buddy? They need to watch each other's back. "When we're going down the road, we get honked at, we get screamed at," says Kyle Olson, a skateboarder. Olson and his best friends, Jake Bailey and Lucas Hess, are used to people talking about them on the road. But they want people to start talking about something more important. "We had a friend that, he lost his life from depression, and so I guess that kind of inspired us," says Bailey. On Friday, they will embark on a 150-mile journey from Duluth to Blaine by longboard, pushing for depression awareness. Studies show an estimated five-percent of adollescents in the U.S. suffer from depression. Even worse, there's still a stigma around it. "Especially for guys, when you're depressed and you want to talk about it, you're showing your emotions and stuff like that and that's kind of like, frowned upon," says Bailey. These 19-year-olds know they can rely on each other if they ever face depression, but they also know not everyone has that. "Getting the word out there will help people feel that it's not such a bad thing to talk about or abad thing to be depressed," says Hess. "It's a bad thing to hold it in." Even when recovery seems miles away, they believe friendship can make the journey out of depression possible. In addtion to raising awareness about depression, the teens hope they can raise at least $1,000 for a suicide outreach group in Minnesota.
   
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