The Jason Foundation

Clark Flatt created the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) after his 16-year-old son Jason committed suicide in 1997. The mission of JFI is to raise awareness and provide communities with tools to help erase the presence of youth suicide.

JFI has created a curriculum for students and a number of seminars for teachers, parents, and other adult community members to benefit from. This foundation is focused on empowering people of all ages so they feel comfortable identifying and providing help to youth who are at-risk for suicide.

In Ohio:

  • 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 Ohio 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

Shaker Clinic is obliged to be a partner with JFI so that youth suicide can be eradicated. Teachers, parents, students, school personnel, and other individuals who live and work in the Ohio area can contact Shaker Clinic to obtain more information, get connected to the proper resources, and receive training in how to help at-risk youth who are contemplating suicide. All materials provided through JFI are offered free of charge.

To obtain more information about how Shaker Clinic is partnering with JFI to put a stop to the “silent epidemic” of suicide among youth, please contact us when you are ready. To get more insight on the Flatt family and The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), please visit us at