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Miss North Dakota Hopes to Take Suicide Prevention Message National

January 8, 2009

Fargo, ND – North Dakota ranks second in the nation in the number of suicides in the 15 to 24 age group. It is a troubling statistic that Miss North Dakota, Tessie Jones, has taken to heart; mental health and suicide prevention is the platform that Jones takes to the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas later this month. She says she had an early experience with friends and co-workers attempting suicide, which led her to volunteer with Mental Health America of North Dakota.

"If I were to win the title of Miss America, I would be able to take my message nation wide, which would really be valuable because this is an issue that doesn't get a lot of limelight; people don't like to talk about it."

Jones has traveled the state as Miss North Dakota, speaking to students about depression and suicide, and she believes it's working.

"I had one young person come up to me on one of my earlier tours and told me that they had struggled with depression and they had attempted suicide before, and that showed me that I'm getting through to them."

She thinks the seriousness of the problem in North Dakota relates to vastness of the state’s rural areas, which creates isolation and difficulty for people in accessing mental health care.

The Miss American broadcast this year is on TLC January 24th.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND