The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a non-profit organization that provides youth suicide prevention programs and raises awareness about the “Silent Epidemic” of this nationwide problem.
About The Jason Foundation
JFI was founded by Clark Flatt, who lost his son, Jason, to suicide in 1997. Clark established JFI as a way to equip communities across the country with the resources and services they need to help young people who are at risk of committing suicide. Given the alarming number of youth who continue to take their own lives, the JFI strives to reach as many kids and teens as possible so that they know they have another choice.
Youth Suicide in Indiana
- 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 Indiana 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
JFI has been able to partner with many organizations and groups over the years, and Options Behavioral Health System is among the various mental health treatment providers that are part of the effort to identify and help young people at-risk. Those residing or working in the Indianapolis area can come to or call Options Behavioral Health System to obtain information, learn about resources, and become trained in helping young people considering suicide. School personnel, social service workers, church members, parents, and even youth can all access JFI materials at Options Behavioral Health System, of which are available free of charge.
To learn more about how Options Behavioral Health System is helping to carry out JFI’s mission, feel free to contact Options Behavioral Health staff at your convenience. If you would like to learn more about the Jason Foundation, Inc., you can visit its website at http://www.jasonfoundation.com.