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Grand Meadow overcoming tragedy to spark mental health awareness

GRAND MEADOW, Minn. (KTTC) — Grand Meadow community members met at the public school to remember one of their own. Treyton Ottman passed away in November.

His death prompted his classmates to do more when it comes to educating people about mental health.

The annual suicide rate in the United States has increased by 24% over the past two decades.

The school held a pancake breakfast and Warrior Dash in Treyton’s memory Saturday morning, while talking about the importance of mental health.

Since Treyton’s death, students have had more counselors available to talk to on a daily basis.

“In Grand Meadow everyone gets involved, everyone just wants to help when they can and do what they can,” said Grand Meadow student, John Baldus.

“Since that happened, our school and the community has taken a bigger look at mental health. We have been like it’s okay if you feel this way, you need to find someone to talk to. We’re making it way more of a big deal, because it is everywhere and we want people to feel comfortable and feel safe,” continued fellow student, Mariah Weiss.

Tickets for the breakfast were $7 for adults and $5 for students, with all proceeds benefiting the Ottman family.

Weiss and Baldus say they hope this will continue into an every year occurrence to promote mental health.

Holden Krusemark

Holden Krusemark

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