We believe awareness and education are powerful tools to prevent suicide. For this reason, Acadia Montana partnered with The Jason Foundation, Inc. to educate communities about the silent epidemic of youth suicide.
About The Jason Foundation
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a nonprofit organization that was established by Clark Flatt following the tragic loss of his 16-year-old son, Jason, to suicide in 1997. While researching youth suicide after Jason’s death, Clark was shocked to discover how prevalent this problem is throughout the United States. Realizing that the nation was experiencing a “silent epidemic” that was claiming hundreds of young lives every year, Clark founded JFI with the belief that education and awareness are the keys to prevention. With school-based curriculums for students and professional development training modules for teachers, coaches, and others in similar roles, JFI works diligently to empower young people and the adults who work with them to recognize the warning signs of suicide and connect at-risk youth with the resources that can save their lives.
With partners and affiliates throughout the nation, JFI has made significant headway in the effort to end youth suicide. However, much work remains to be done.
Statistics: Suicide in California
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
Pacific Grove & The Jason Foundation
Pacific Grove Hospital is proud to support the great work of The Jason Foundation, Inc., and to play a role in the important effort to end youth suicide. In the California area, we encourage students and adults to contact us in order to learn more about JFI, access resources, and get the training that will prepare you to identify and assist at-risk young people. There is no cost for any JFI materials provided by Pacific Grove Hospital.
To learn more about Pacific Grove Hospital and our partnership with JFI, please contact us at your convenience. For more about The Jason Foundation, Inc., please visit www.jasonfoundation.com.