The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a non-profit organization that is committed to raising awareness and preventing youth suicide. In 1997, Clark Flatt, the founder of JFI, lost his son Jason to suicide at age 16. Since then, JFI has been working to end the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide through providing resources and priceless information to communities, allowing those at-risk youths to be recognized and helped.
Located in Mississippi, Millcreek of Pontotoc is the local affiliate of JFI and works to provide the community with resources and programming options. Students, parents, social service workers, teachers, and others in Mississippi can come to Millcreek of Pontotoc to obtain suicide awareness and prevention materials for free.
- 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 Mississippi Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:
- Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
- Almost 1 out of 9 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months
While based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the Jason Foundation, Inc. has reached communities nationwide. If you are interested in obtaining information from JFI, please contact Millcreek of Pontotoc. To learn more about JFI and its mission to end youth suicide, please visit www.jasonfoundation.com.