Resource Treatment Center shares the Jason Foundation’s mission, and we are proud to partner with this organization. If you are a resident of the Indianapolis area, we encourage you to contact us, whether you are a student, parent, school faculty member, or simply a concerned adult. Through JFI, we are able to provide materials free of charge.
About The Jason Foundation
In 1997, 16-year-old Jason Flatt took his own life. This tragic event led Jason’s father, Clark, to look into how common youth suicide is, and what he discovered shocked him. As a result of his son’s suicide and his realization that youth suicide is a “silent epidemic,” Mr. Flatt formed the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), an organization dedicated to addressing youth suicide. Since its inception nearly two decades ago, JFI’s mission has been to provide education and spread awareness about youth suicide and begin working towards prevention. For students, JFI has developed an in-school curriculum, and for adults who are active in young people’s lives, such as parents, teachers, youth workers, coaches, and mentors, JFI has developed seminars. Above and beyond education, JFI also works on policy, collaborating with lawmakers to pass the Jason Flatt Act in 14 states, which makes suicide prevention training mandatory for teachers.
Despite all of this work, the “silent epidemic” continues. Consider the following:
- 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 13 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
For More Information
To learn more Resource Treatment Center’s partnership with the Jason Foundation, contact us at your convenience. If you are interested in the Jason Foundation, Jason Flatt, and Clark Flatt, you may visit their website (www.jasonfoundation.com) at any time.