The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a 503c nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eradicating what its founder, Clark Flatt, refers to as the silent epidemic of youth suicide. Clark founded JFI after his 16-year-old son, Jason, took his own life in 1997. In the aftermath of Jason’s death, Clark was shocked to learn how tragically prevalent suicide is among adolescents and teenagers in the United States. Along with its partners and affiliates throughout the nation, JFI works diligently in the belief that awareness and education are the first steps toward prevention. JFI has created a school-based curriculum to teach young people how to identify and help peers who may be considering suicide. The organization has also developed seminars and online training opportunities for parents, teachers, coaches, youth workers, and other adults who are active in the lives of adolescents and teens.
Though the Jason Foundation, Inc. has made great strides in the fight against youth suicide, the battle is far from over. For example, consider the following statistics from Arkansas:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school age youth (12 – 18).
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age youth (18 – 22).
The Arkansas Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 5 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 9 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
At Vantage Point, we are proud to have partnered with The Jason Foundation, Inc., in the effort to end youth suicide. We encourage students, parents, school personnel, and other concerned adults in the Arkansas area to contact us for materials, resources, and information about becoming trained to identify and assist at-risk young people. Vantage Point is happy to provide all JFI materials free of charge.
To learn more about Vantage Point’s work with The Jason Foundation, Inc., please contact us at your convenience. For more about Clark Flatt, JFI, and the battle to end youth suicide, please visit the organization’s website at www.jasonfoundation.com.