Serving as a leader in raising awareness and offering prevention programs to stop youth suicide, the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a non-profit organization that was developed by Clark Flatt who lost his 16-year-old son, Jason, to suicide in 1997. This foundation is committed to aiding community members nationwide in learning how to recognize at-risk youth and help end the threat of youth suicide.
Detroit Behavioral Institute, located in Michigan, is pleased to serve as the local JFI affiliate. Here, programs, resources, and additional services can work to help decrease youth suicide.
- 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 Michigan Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 11 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
Students, educators, social service workers, parents, churches, and additional community members and organizations can reach out or go to Detroit Behavioral Institute to obtain information on JFI and materials at no cost. While JFI is based out of Hendersonville, Tennessee, those in the Detroit area are able to have access to everything they need to properly raise awareness and work to prevent youth suicide. To obtain more information regarding youth suicide, as well as learn how you can help put an end to this heartbreaking epidemic, please visit the JFI website at http://www.jasonfoundation.com.