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The Jason Foundation

Professional Development for Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention

As the third leading cause of death for youth, ages 10 to 24, and the second leading cause of death for college age youth, suicide is often called the “Silent Epidemic.” In addition… 

  • Four out of five completed suicides gave “clear warning signs” before the attempt. 2011 CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Survey
  • Nearly one out of six of our nation’s youth (15.8%) seriously considered suicide in the previous twelve months.
  • More than one out of eight young people (12.8%) actually made a plan to attempt suicide in the previous twelve months.
  • More than one out of every thirteen young people (7.8%) reported attempting suicide one or more times in the past twelve months.

The Jason Foundation (JFI) is a non-profit organization whose goal is the prevention of youth suicide through programs of awareness and prevention. JFI is a nationally-recognized leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention programs. JFI’s suicide prevention programs are in use in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Dominion Hospital is proud to partner with the Jason Foundation (JFI) to serve as a Community Resource Center, where parents, teachers, guidance counselors, students, churches, and other community organizations can get educational materials and learn about training programs available through JFI.

Jason’s Story
Jason, the younger brother of John Flatt and son of Clark and Connie Flatt, was an average 16-year-old student. He loved sports and played football for his high school. He was active in his church youth group, and had a lot of friends. From all appearances, he loved life.

On July 16th, 1997 everything changed. Jason became a statistic of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. Soon after Jason’s death his parents created JFI to address this national health problem.

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 B1B1 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.