I Won't Be Silent

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Ages 10-24 in our nation. It's a “Silent Epidemic” that claims 100 young lives each week. It is our “silence” about this tragedy that makes it Even more dangerous…Don’t Be Silent.

The Challenge

I Won't Be Silent We Won't Be Silent

#iwontbesilent is The Jason Foundation's challenge to everyone to start a national conversation about the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide.

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. Learn the warning signs and 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 You Can 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.

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A Letter From Clark Flatt

Clark and Jason

Dear Friends:

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. In trying to come to terms with what happened, I began researching youth suicide. The statistics were, and still are, very alarming. Did you know that on average, over 100 young people this week will become victims of youth suicide? Unfortunately, it was not until after his tragic death that I learned about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. 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.”

Shortly following Jason’s death, a small group of family and friends decided that Jason’s death would not just become another “silent” statistic of this “Silent Epidemic.” It was then that The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) was founded and officially began its work of providing programs and resources addressing the public health issue of youth suicide (www.jasonfoundation.com).

From day ONE, we have never charged a school, educator, church, youth group or community to whom we contract to provide programs and services. This assures that “lack of funding” is never the sole deciding factor of who can receive these life-changing / life-saving programs and resources. The Jason Foundation is averaging providing services for over 1 million participants annually – so this is a huge financial challenge each year.

Please help JFI raise awareness of youth suicide, both in your community and around our great nation. If you would like to donate, know that $.96 of every dollar goes directly to support our programs. Suicide is PREVENTABLE! With your help, we can save more lives.

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.

Thank you for your support of any kind,

Clark Flatt

President of The Jason Foundation Inc.
and Jason's Dad

Learn the warning signs

Four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs.

    Talking about suicide

    Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless

    A deepening depression

    Preoccupation with death

    Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior

    Out of character behavior

    A loss of interest in the things one cares about

    Visiting or calling people one cares about

    Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order

    Giving prized possessions away

Along with these warning signs, there are certain Risk Factors
that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideation:

    Perfectionist personalities

    Gay and Lesbian youth

    Learning disabled youth


    Youth with low self- esteem

    Depressed youth

    Students in serious trouble

    Abused, Molested or Neglected Youth

    Genetic predisposition

    Parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce

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).