CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - September 05, 2016) - The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a national leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention programs targeted to address the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide.
In the United States:
- Suicide claims more than 5,200 young lives each year.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.
- Among high school students, 17.7 percent have considered suicide, 14.6 percent have formulated a plan for how they would take their own lives, and 8.6 percent have attempted suicide.
- Nearly 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 have been treated in emergency rooms for injuries that were self-inflicted.
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2016. On this day, individuals and organizations alike will be drawing attention to the problem of suicide and advocating for the prevention of this terrible tragedy. Suicide is a national health problem that is also one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation.
The Jason Foundation has an affiliate office in Lemont, Ill., at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. The affiliate office serves as a hub where parents, teachers, guidance counselors, students, churches, and other community organizations can obtain educational materials and learn about training programs available through JFI. The Jason Foundation at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is the local resource for Jason Foundation materials and programs. All programs, services, and materials are available to the public at no cost.
In addition, Timberline Knolls, a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders, is sponsoring and has formed a walking team to participate in the Chicagoland "Out of Darkness Walk" benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walk takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in Grant Park, Chicago. Individuals interested in participating can join by visiting: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=114855
William Parsons, Jr., PhD, Timberline Knolls' CEO said, "We are excited to be part of The Jason Foundation's efforts to raise awareness and prevent youth suicide rates from climbing. In addition to providing JFI materials and programs, we hope to serve as an invaluable resource for our community. We aim to help parents, school personnel, and young people recognize the signs that someone needs help so that treatment can be received and another life can be saved."
Clark Flatt, president of JFI added: "Awareness and education are the foundation for prevention. We are very proud of our work with Timberline Knolls in helping to provide communities across Illinois with programs and resources to help build this foundation for prevention."
About the Company:
JFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting "The Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide through educational programs and resources for young people, educators, parents, and other community groups. JFI, headquartered in Hendersonville, TN, was founded in 1997 after the tragic death of Jason Flatt, the 16-year-old son of Clark Flatt. For more information, please visit JFI's website, http://www.jasonfoundation.com
About Timberline Knolls:
Timberline Knolls is a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 - 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook -- Timberline Knolls, LinkedIn -- Timberline Knolls and Twitter -- @TimberlineToday.