When Clark Flatt’s 16-year-old son, Jason, committed suicide in 1997, he developed The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) to address and help raise awareness surrounding the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, this non-profit organization offers priceless resources and programming to communities throughout the country. Clark’s goals include raising awareness and developing programs and services that are community accessible so that youths who are at-risk for suicide can be identified and treated.
Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center is the local affiliate of The Jason Foundation, Inc., and is located in Texas. Here, students, teachers, parents, and others in the community can obtain materials and programming that will help them aid young individuals who need help in the Texas area.
- 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 Texas Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 9 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
Serving as a national leader in raising awareness and offering prevention programs to defeat youth suicide, JFI offers up information, services, and training for free. To obtain more information about JFI or to request youth suicide awareness and prevention materials, reach out to Cedar Crest or visit http://www.jasonfoundation.com.