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Are You Up For The Challenge?

Would you know how to respond if you recognized someone you know may be thinking about suicide? Our challenge is to challenge anyone and everyone to start a national conversation about the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide. Learn the warning signs, challenge the people you know to learn them as well. Challenge your co-workers, school, social club, friends, or family to join you! Share iwontbesilent.com or wewontbesilent.com. Use the #IWONTBESILENT or #WEWONTBESILENT on all of your social media accounts. Change your social media profile picture to one of you holding a #IWONTBESILENT or #WEWONTBESILENT sign. You can also make one with our online generator. Suicide is PREVENTABLE! With your help, we can save more lives. 


#IWONTBESILENT IS THE JASON FOUNDATION'S CHALLENGE TO EVERYONE TO RAISE THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT THE "SILENT EPIDEMIC" OF YOUTH SUICIDE.

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What Is The Challenge?

The unfortunate news is that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in our nation for ages 10-24. We challenge you to not be silent anymore and learn the warning signs, challenge the people you know to learn them as well. We want to start a national conversation about the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide. Taking a few short minutes to challenge the people you know will help take some of the “silence” away from the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.

Why Participate?

Would you know how to respond if you recognized someone you know may be thinking about suicide? We lose approximately 100 young people each week to this tragedy that can be prevented. The Jason Foundation believes that education is the key to prevention. Our nation should be familiar with the warning signs associated with suicide, suicide facts & statistics, and how to find help for at-risk youth. Together, we can save lives! You may even save your friend, your neighbor’s child, a relative, or even your own son or daughter.

How Can You Help?

Challenge your co-workers, school, social club, friends, or family to join you! Share iwontbesilent.com or wewontbesilent.com. Use the #iwontbesilent or #wewontbesilent on all of your social media accounts. Change your social media profile picture to one of you holding a #IWONTBESILENT or #WEWONTBESILENT sign. You can also make one with our online generator. Suicide is PREVENTABLE! With your help, we can save more lives.

THE JASON FOUNDATION

Jason was my youngest son. He was an average 16-year old. He got mostly B’s on his report card, and he loved sports; especially football. He was active in his youth group and he had a lot of friends. Jason was the one who was always up for going places and trying new things. From all appearances…my son loved life.
But on July 16th in 1997, everything changed. My son, Jason became a statistic of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. I will never hug my son again, but I can and will work alongside you…perhaps to save your friend, your neighbor’s child, a relative or even your own son or daughter. Most people are not aware that suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24 only surpassed by “unintentional injuries.” Unfortunately, it was not until after his tragic death that I learned about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. Please challenge your friends to learn the warning signs. 

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LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS

FOUR OUT OF FIVE TEENS WHO ATTEMPT SUICIDE GIVE CLEAR WARNING SIGNS.


You may be the first and last person to see these signs in a young person.
Would you know how to respond if you recognized your friend may be thinking about suicide?
Download our FREE "A Friend Asks" App now by clicking HERE. It is available for both Android and Apple phones.
“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!
If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Almost everyone who attempts or completes suicide has given warning signs through their words or behaviors. Do not ignore any suicide threats. The following statements may indicate serious suicidal feelings.

  • "I’d be better off dead."
  • "I won’t be bothering you much longer."
  • "You’ll be better off without me around."
  • "I hate my life."
  • "I am going to kill myself."
  • Suicide threats are not always verbal.

Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts. Mental or addictive disorders are associated with 90% of suicide. One in ten youth suffer from mental illness serious enough to be impaired, yet fewer than 20% receive treatment. Depression can be exhibited in many ways including the following which are detailed in more depth:


  • Sudden, abrupt changes in personality
  • Expressions of hopelessness and despair
  • Declining grades and school performance
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Increased irritability and aggressiveness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and relationships
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits

Youth who have attempted suicide are at risk to do it again. In fact, they are eight times more likely than youth who have never attempted suicide to make another suicide attempt.

  • One out of three suicide deaths is not the individual’s first attempt.
  • The risk for completing suicide is more than 100 times greater during the first year after an attempt.
  • Take any instance of deliberate self-harm seriously.

Recent research has identified a connection between interpersonal violence and suicide. Suicide is associated with fighting for both males and females, across all ethnic groups, and for youth living in urban, suburban, and rural areas. You should be concerned if a friend is exhibiting unusually irritable behavior.  

You should be concerned if a friend suddenly starts to lose interest in sports or hobbies that they used to enjoy participating in.  

  • The captain of the football team no longer wants to be on the team.
  • A dancer decides to leave the team because she does like it anymore.
  • Your music loving friend decides to quit the band.

  • A friend of yours that typically eats more than anyone you know barely eats or skips lunch.
  • Someone eating noticeably more without adding any additional exercise to their daily routine.

Almost everyone who attempts or completes suicide has given warning signs through their words or behaviors. Do not ignore any suicide threats. The following statements may indicate serious suicidal feelings.

  • A model student suddenly failing classes or not turning in assignments.
  • Lack of concern for school, classes, and grades.
  • Grades dropping suddenly

This can be seen throughout their:

  • Essays and writings about death
  • Poems about death
  • Artwork or drawings depicting death
  • Social media posts and comments
  • Talking a lot about death or dying

  • He/She is not dressing as they typically would.
  • Lack of personal hygiene.

Once the decision has been made to end their life, some young people begin making final arrangements.

  • Giving away prized or favorite possessions
  • Putting their affairs in order
  • Saying good-bye to family and friends
  • Making funeral arrangements

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