When Clark Flatt lost his son, Jason, to suicide in 1997, he realized that youth suicide is sadly common throughout the country. To help put an end to this heart-wrenching epidemic, Flatt developed The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI). This non-profit organization is geared towards raising awareness regarding youth suicide and to educate parents, teachers, students, coaches, and others within communities nationwide on how to spot and help young people who are considering suicide. JFI has taken many steps to reduce the rates of youth suicide, including establishing a school-based curriculum and numerous online staff developmental programs, all of which are free to the consumer.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school age youth (12 – 18).
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age youth (18 – 22).
The Michigan Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 11 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
Stonecrest Center is pleased to partner with JFI to help put an end to the upsetting epidemic that is youth suicide. Those within the Detroit area who are looking to help make youth suicide vanish can contact Stonecrest Center to obtain more information, resources, and training that can help them not only identify youths in need, but help them, too. All materials supplied by JFI obtained through Stonecrest Center are provided at no cost to the public.
To learn more about Stonecrest Center’s partnership with JFI, please contact us. To obtain more information about the Flatt family and the Jason Foundation, Inc., please visit www.jasonfoundation.com.