The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and preventing youth suicide, has been operating for the past 19 years. When Clark Flatt, founder of JFI, lost his 16-year-old son, Jason, to youth suicide, he devoted his life to ending the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Since then, he continues to supply resources and priceless information to communities all over the country so that youth who are at-risk for suicide can be recognized and helped.
Highland Ridge Hospital, based out of Utah, is the local affiliate of JFI and is the center for all JFI resources and programming. Teachers, parents, social service workers, students, and other community members in Utah can go to Highland Ridge Hospital to obtain youth suicide awareness and prevention materials for free.
- Suicide is the first leading cause of death for middle and high school age youth (12 – 18).
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age youth (18 – 22).
The Utah Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 10 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
Even though they are based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, JFI has reached numerous communities throughout the country. If you are interested in obtaining JFI information and/or services, contact Highland Ridge Hospital. To learn more about JFI and its mission to end youth suicide, please visit www.jasonfoundation.com.