When Clark Flatt lost his 16-year-old son Jason to youth suicide in 1997, he found out just how common this issue is nationwide. To help make strides in ending this deadly epidemic, Clark developed The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI). This organization is a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness about youth suicide and educating all members of communities throughout the country on how to recognize and help at-risk youth. Some of the many advances that JFI has made to demolish youth suicide include creating a school-based curriculum for students and numerous online staff development programs. All of these services are free of charge.
- 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 Pennsylvania 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
Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is obliged to partner with JFI to put a stop to youth suicide. Individuals living and/or residing in Pennsylvania and who are interested in participating in the fight against this type of suicide can reach out to Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to obtain more information, get training on how to identify and recognize at-risk young people, and access the correct resources. All of the materials supplied through JFI and Southwood Psychiatric Hospital are provided for free.
To learn more information about Southwood Psychiatric Hospital’s partnership with JFI, please contact us. Visit www.jasonfoundation.com to get more information about Clark Flatt and The Jason Foundation, Inc.