The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) was developed in 1997 by Clark Flatt after he lost his son, Jason, to youth suicide that same year. This nonprofit organization is geared towards establishing awareness surrounding the deadly epidemic of youth suicide. JFI provides education and resources to help individuals of all ages within communities to learn how to help at-risk youth.
JFI is based out of Hendersonville, Tennessee. This organization leads a team of individuals who work to supply priceless resources to schools, young people, and community groups throughout the United States. Rolling Hills Hospital is a partner of JFI and is located in Ada, OK. Here, educational materials and programming information is offered for free to community members. Teachers, students, parents, churches, counselors, and others within the area can reach out to Rolling Hills Hospital to obtain the necessary resources.
- 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 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 9 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
The Jason Foundation, Inc. at Rolling Hills Hospital is the local resource for youth suicide prevention and materials provided by JFI for no cost. Those who are interested in learning more about these services, programs, or information can contact Rolling Hills Hospital or visit www.jasonfoundation.com.