The United States is currently experiencing a silent epidemic of youth suicides. Every year, hundreds of young people take their own lives, and thousands of others attempt to do so. Clark Flatt understands both the tragic scope of youth suicide and the personal pain that comes from losing a loved one. In 1997, Clark lost his 16-year-old son, Jason, to suicide. After discovering how prevalent this problem is throughout the nation, Clark founded The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI). This nonprofit organization, which has grown to include partners and affiliates across the nation, is dedicated to the belief that education and awareness are the keys to preventing youth suicide. JFI has developed a curriculum for students as well as several professional development training modules for adults, all focused on empowering individuals to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to help young people who are at risk for a suicide attempt.
JFI has made great strides in the effort to end youth suicide, yet much work remains to be done. For example, consider the following information from the state of California:
- Suicide is the third 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 California Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 7 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 11 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
Sober Living By The Sea is proud to stand with The Jason Foundation, Inc., in the fight to end youth suicide. In the California area, students and adults who wish to learn more about JFI, access resources, and get training contact are encouraged to contact us. There is no charge for any of the JFI materials that are provided by Sober Living By The Sea.
To learn more Sober Living By The Sea’s work with JFI, please contact us at your convenience. For additional information about The Jason Foundation, Inc., please visit www.jasonfoundation.com.