The Jason Foundation

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) was created by Clark Flatt to fight the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Clark founded JFI after losing his 16-year-old son, Jason, to suicide in 1997. JFI is dedicated to the belief that awareness and education are the first steps in preventing youth suicide. To eradicate the epidemic of youth suicide, JFI has created a curriculum for students and a series of seminars for teachers, parents, and other adults. The purpose of these efforts is to empower young people, educators, and other caregivers to identify and provide assistance to youth who may be at risk for suicide.

In Arkansas:

  • 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 Arkansas Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:

  • Almost 1 out of 5 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
  • Almost 1 out of 9 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months

Ascent Children’s Health Services is proud to be a JFI partner in the effort to end youth suicide. Parents, teachers, school personnel, students, and other interested parties who live and/or work in the Arkansas can contact Ascent Children’s Health Services to get additional information, access resources, and become trained in how to help young people who may be considering suicide. All JFI materials are provided free of charge through Ascent Children’s Health Services.

To learn more about how Ascent Children’s Health Services is working with JFI to end the silent epidemic of youth suicide, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. To learn more about Clark Flatt, Jason Flatt, and The Jason Foundation, Inc., please visit