The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and creating prevention programs to combat the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. JFI offers education and resources to help communities understand how to help young people at risk for suicide.
Headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, JFI was established in 1997 after the tragic death of Clark Flatt’s 16-year-old son, Jason. Mr. Flatt, the founder of JFI, has made it his mission to help fight the youth suicide epidemic and does so by leading a team of individuals who aim to provide invaluable resources to young people, schools, and community groups across the country. Meadowwood Hospital is an affiliate of JFI located in Delaware and provides educational materials and programming information to community members. Parents, students, teachers, counselors, churches, and other organizations in the area can come to Meadowwood Hospital and obtain the important resources they need.
In the state of Delaware:
- Suicide is the fourth 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 Delaware Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 8 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 14 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
The Jason Foundation at Meadowwood Hospital is the local resource for JFI youth suicide prevention and awareness materials, which are offered at no cost. Those interested in programs, services, or information should contact Meadowwood Hospital or visit JFI’s website, http://www.jasonfoundation.com.