Professional Development for Youth Suicide Awareness &Prevention
Dominion Hospital is the Mid-Atlantic regional headquarters for the Jason Foundation
Facts & Stats
- For middle and high school age youth (ages 12-18), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. *
- For college age youth (ages 18-22), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. *
- Over-all, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24. *
- (*2015 CDC WISQARS)
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
Educator, Youth Worker, Coach
You can make a difference and help us fight the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.
Below is a list of things you can do in your own community to make a difference.
- Educate yourself about the magnitude of the problem, the signs of concern and the tools of prevention.
- Encourage your school or organization to incorporate The Jason Foundation school-based curriculum into their guidance or health/wellness programs.
- Encourage your school or organization to provide staff development training for all school personnel.
- Encourage your school or organization to place The Jason Foundations Parent Resource Program on their website. Schools and organizations can contact us to receive the instructions and button.
- Encourage your school or organization to hold a suicide prevention week.
- Encourage other local service organizations, churches and community centers to become aware of the problem of youth suicide and its prevention opportunities.
- Watch and listen to your students and pay attention to sudden changes in behavior that cause you concern.
- Know your school protocol for emergency/crisis situations.
- Use the Community Assistance Resource Line (C.A.R.L.) to talk with a professional, about any concerns you have about a young person or a situation. The C.A.R.L. Line is answered 24/7, is confidential and is provided at no-cost. 1-877-778-CARL (2275)
Working to Give Our Youth a Promise for Tomorrow
The Jason Foundation programs are based on the Triangle of Prevention model of a young person’s life: parents, educators/youth workers and the youth themselves. All programs are offered at no cost to participants with whom we contract.
Take the Pledge and B1 Project – B1 is a collaborative effort with country-music trio Rascal Flatts. The theme, “Someone you know may need a friend – B1,” encourages young people to “Be Aware, Be Able, and Be Prepared” for their friends.
Parent Resource Program (PRP) – A web-based program for schools, churches, or community organizations which provides insight into awareness through statistics, discussion of warning signs, elevated risk factors and also for prevention by helping to build an action plan.