We believe awareness and education are powerful tools to prevent suicide. For this reason, we partnered with The Jason Foundation, Inc. to educate communities about the silent epidemic of youth suicide.
Established by Clark Flatt after his son Jason committed suicide at age 16, The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a non-profit effort to end youth suicide. JFI is devoted to bringing about awareness and education surrounding the prevention of this type of suicide. To erase this epidemic, JFI has developed a curriculum for students that include seminars for parents, teachers, and other adults. The goal of these efforts is to provide young people, educators, and other caregivers with power and education so help and assistance can be provided to those at risk for suicide.
- 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
Harbor Oaks is pleased to be a JFI partner in the effort to eradicate youth suicide. Teachers, school personnel, parents, students, and other community members who reside in New Baltimore can contact Harbor Oaks to obtain more information and resources, as well as become trained in how to help young people from committing suicide. All materials offered through JFI are provided free of charge through Harbor Oaks.
To learn more about how Harbor Oaks has teamed up with JFI in an effort to end youth suicide, contact us as soon as possible. To obtain more information about Clark Flatt, Jason Flatt, and The Jason Foundation, Inc., please visit us at www.jasonfoundation.com.