The Jason Foundation
a href="http://www.jasonfoundation.com/home.html"The Jason Foundation /ais a private charity dedicated to educating the public on youth and suicide. a href="http://www.jasonfoundation.com/fulmer_golf.html"Phil Fulmer/a, our football coach at the University of Tennessee, became involved with the foundation after the death of Jason Flatt, a young athlete:br /br /blockquoteJason Flatt: 3/20/81 – 7/16/97br /In 1997, The Jason Foundation was founded in response to a family and friends loss of Jason Flatt - Age 16 - to the tragedy of youth suicide. JFI’s mission is to provide information, tools, and resources to confront the “silent epidemic” and prevent the tragedy of youth suicide./blockquotebr /br /Jason's father found him the day he killed himself:br /br /blockquoteJason 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 a 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.br /br /But on July 16, 1997, he placed a .38 caliber pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. I was the one who opened the door to his room and stumbled over his body. Believe me when I say, there are no words to describe that kind of pain./blockquotebr /br /I helped with a news segment on Volunteer TV in Knoxville which aired tonight to help the Knoxville area become more aware of youth suicide--I wish they would have mentioned more about the high rate of boy's suicides but at least they are pushing the idea that youth suicide is a concern. Here is a a href="http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4503355nav=menu185_4"short print version /aof the segment.br /br /Update: Video of this segment on teen suicide is now up. a href="http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4503355nav=menu185_4"Click here /aand then again to the left where you see a red camera icon.
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