In 1997, Clark Flatt lost his son, Jason, to suicide when Jason was 16 years old. While this would be a tragic event for any parent, as it was for Mr. Flatt, he decided to take action and work to ensure that his family’s tragedy might help save others’ lives. After discovering the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide, he formed the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), an organization dedicated to saving the lives of young people who are considering suicide. Since its founding, JFI has grown into a national nonprofit organization with partners and affiliates from coast to coast. JFI exists to provide information and awareness, believing that education is the first step towards prevention. As such, JFI has created curricula for schools, developed seminars for parents, teachers, coaches, and others who interact with youth, and worked with lawmakers to pass the Jason Flatt Act, which mandates suicide prevention training for teachers.
Although JFI’s efforts are a strong start, there is still work to be done.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school age youth (12 – 18).
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for college age youth (18 – 22).
The Indiana Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 13 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
At Resolute Treatment Center, we are proud supporters and allies in the Jason Foundation’s work. We encourage students, parents, teachers, coaches, school personnel, and other concerned adults in the Indianapolis area to contact us for more information about how to prevent youth suicide. All materials provided by JFI through Resolute Treatment Center are offered free of charge.
If you would like to know more about the work that JFI is doing, feel free to contact us at any time. For more information about the Jason Foundation and the Flatts, please visit JFI’s website at www.jasonfoundation.com.