Leading the charge in raising awareness and providing prevention programs to end the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide, the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a national non-profit organization that was established after its founder, Clark Flatt, tragically lost his 16-year-old son, Jason, to suicide in 1997. JFI is dedicated to helping community members identify and help at-risk youth so as to end this heartbreaking concern once and for all.
Greenleaf: JFI’s Georgia Affiliate
Greenleaf Hospital, located in Valdosta, Georgia, is the area’s local JFI affiliate, and is pleased to offer the resources, programs, and other services that can end youth suicide.
- 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 Georgia 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
Learn More About the Jason Foundation
Parents, students, educators, social service workers, churches, and other community members and organizations can contact or go to Greenleaf Hospital to inquire about or receive JFI materials and trainings at no charge. Though JFI is based out of Hendersonville, Tennessee, those in the Valdosta, Georgia area have access to all that they need to effectively raise awareness and prevent youth suicide. To learn more about youth suicide and how you can play a vital role in ending this epidemic, please visit the JFI website at http://www.jasonfoundation.com.