It is important for you, as a major influence in the lives of young people, to join in the battle against youth suicide. Educators, youth workers, and coaches can do this by getting themselves and their schools educated on the warning signs associated with youth suicide and how to help.
Get Involved in Helping At-Risk Youth
About The Jason Foundation - History, Mission, & Affiliations
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth. Read more
Youth Suicide - Facts, Statistics, & Information
Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,041 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 & 8, the numbers would be higher. Read more
How to Get Involved
You have taken an enormous step to help fight the problem of youth suicide by simply visiting our website. Thank you for your desire and efforts in keeping more than dreams alive, one young person at a time.
There are many things you can do to get involved with not only The Jason Foundation, but youth suicide prevention & awareness efforts as a whole. Obviously, the first thing you need to do if you haven’t already is educate yourself on the problem and how to recognize and assist at-risk youth. Read more
Professional Development Series / In-Service Training
The Jason Foundation, Inc. series of online Staff Development Training Modules provide information on the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. These training modules are suitable for teachers, coaches, other school personnel, youth workers, first responders, foster parents and any adult who works with or interacts with young people or wants to learn more about youth suicide. Read more
Jason Foundation Programs & Resources
The Jason Foundation believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention. We want to establish a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers the tools and resources to help identify and help at-risk youth. This is accomplished through a curriculum unit for students and informational seminars for teachers and parents. Read more
Promise for Tomorrow Student Curriculum
Our student curriculum is one of the most widely utilized and longest running suicide prevention programs for youth. The program “A Promise for Tomorrow” presents a positive look at how students can help friends who may be depressed or having suicidal thoughts. Research tells us that four out of five people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions, either verbally or behaviorally. This curriculum aims to provide information and strategies needed to be a lifesaving influence.
The 2022 revision is based on a two-lesson format (instead of a 3-5 lesson format) for the traditional high school schedule of 50-to-60-minute classes. These can be presented as two separate lessons or back-to-back to accommodate an extended block class of 90 minutes or longer. The curriculum content is available via DVD or streaming (instead of entirely teacher-led) with facilitator-led sections to reiterate information and lead discussion.
Each lesson provides a script for the facilitator to introduce sections and facilitate discussion. Lesson One presents Facts, Myths, Risk Factors, and Warning Signs with discussion questions interspersed. Lesson Two features a series of short vignettes showcasing issues that young people face. They are intended to springboard discussion when the students are separated into smaller groups.