A non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and preventing youth suicide, the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) has been in operation since 1997. Clark Flatt, the founder of JFI, established this foundation after his son, Jason, took his own life at the age of 16. Since then, Mr. Flatt has made it his mission to end the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide, and hopes that by providing resources and invaluable information to communities, at-risk youth can be identified and ultimately helped.
Park Royal Hospital, located in Florida, is the local affiliate of JFI and serves as the hub of JFI resources and programming information. Parents, students, teachers, social service workers, churches, and others in the Florida area can come to Park Royal Hospital to receive suicide awareness and prevention materials at no 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 Florida Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 7 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 13 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
Though headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the Jason Foundation, Inc. has been able to reach communities all across the United States. If anyone is interested in receiving JFI information and services, Park Royal Hospital can be contacted. To learn more about JFI and its quest to end the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide, please visit the foundation’s website at http://www.jasconfoundation.com.