The non-profit organization, The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is devoted to raising awareness and developing prevention programs geared towards defeating the “silent epidemic” that is youth suicide. JFI provides education and resources to help communities understand how to recognize and help young people who are at risk for suicide.
Based out of Hendersonville, Tennessee, JFI was created after founder Clark Flatt’s 16-year-old son, Jason, committed suicide in 1997. Since then, Clark has made it is primary goal to fight back against youth suicide through leading a team of individuals who can supply priceless resources to young individuals, community groups, and schools throughout the United States. Delta Medical Center is the local JFI affiliate located in Tennessee and supplies educational materials and programming to members of the community. Students, teachers, parents, churches, coaches, counselors, and other members of the community can come to Delta Medical Center and obtain the resources they need.
- 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 Tennessee Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 7 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 11 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
The Jason Foundation, Inc. at Delta Med Center is the local resource for all JFI youth suicide prevention materials, all of which are free to the public. Those who are looking to get involved in programs, services, or to obtain more information, can contact Delta Med Center or visit the JFI website at www.jasonfoundation.com.