New Suicide Prevention Resource in NWA

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Northwest Arkansas now has access to more suicide prevention and awareness programs. The Jason Foundation, Inc. has opened a new community resource center at Vantage Point in Fayetteville. It's a partnership designed to focus on keeping young people from attempting suicide.

"Four out of five young people who attempt suicide will give a clear warning sign before the attempt," explains JFI President Clark Flatt. "Our job is to educate people to be able to recognize those warning signs and to know how to responsibly respond to those."

According to Flatt, the program works most closely with teachers.

"We're proud that Arkansas is one of the states that passed the Jason Flatt Act, which requires all educators to have training in youth suicide prevention and awareness," Flatt says. "We want to make sure they have the availability of  the best materials out there, not only our material, but some others' that are doing some great programs."

Flatt tells us the programs really work. He says the proof is in Tennessee, where youth suicide rates dropped by 28 percent after the Jason Flatt Act was passed.

This mission is close to Flatt's heart. The Jason Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1997 after the death of Clark's youngest son, Jason. He was just 16.

To learn more about the Jason Foundation, and to see what types of suicide warning signs and risk factors to watch for, CLICK HERE. You'll also find a list of resources where you can find help and support.

For additional information on Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas, CLICK HERE.

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