Rascal Flatts and The Jason Foundation, Inc. created the B1 Project in 2010 as a new program to aid in the prevention of youth suicide.

Did you know that the 2nd most likely thing to take a young person is suicide? Yet, no one ever talks about it until a tragedy occurs. That’s why The Jason Foundation and Rascal Flatts call youth suicide “The Silent Epidemic”.

B1 is designed to be quick, informative, and target the most important aspects of youth suicide prevention. Participating in the B1 Pledge is a proactive step towards taking some of the silence out of the “Silent Epidemic”. B1 will help you to recognize warning signs and develop a plan of action to help someone who may be struggling.

If a young person looks to you for help—are you ready to B1 for them?

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, the members who make up Rascal Flatts, have been involved in many philanthropic and charitable endeavors throughout their career and believe in the gift of giving back.

In addition to their roles as Celebrity Ambassadors for The Jason Foundation and participation in public services announcements, public awareness programs, and fundraising; Rascal Flatts promote the B1 Project.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs. JFI is a national organization with a network of affiliate offices. Go to jasonfoundation.com to learn more.

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How to B1

Be Aware

Be aware and understand the problem of youth suicide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10–24.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college-age youth (18–22).
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10–14.
  • Suicide is PREVENTABLE.

By being part of the B1 Project, you can help take some of the "silence" away from the "silent epidemic" of youth suicide by learning about the problem and making a plan to help your friends who may be struggling.

Be Able to Identify

Be able to identify a friend who may be hurting. Look for these warning signs in your friends:

  • Suicide threats
  • Depression
  • Anger, increased irritability
  • Lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Sudden increase/decrease in appetite
  • Sudden changes in appearance
  • Dwindling academic performance
  • Sudden failure to complete assignments
  • Preoccupation with death and suicide
  • An "I don’t care" attitude about school or other activities.
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Final arrangements

Be Prepared To React

Have a game plan in place in the event that any one of your friends ever indicates they are hurting or thinking of hurting themselves. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone who seems to be depressed or hurting. At the very least, your friends will know there is someone who cares for them. Where do I go for help?

  • Your favorite teacher/coach
  • Parents
  • Clergy
  • Guidance counselor
  • Doctor
  • Trusted adult
  • Crisis line such as 1-800-Suicide (784-2433)
  • Local mental health center

Be a Part of the Solution

By entering your email address and clicking “I’ll B1,” you are pledging to be there for your friends. Someone you know may need a friend — B1.

Thank You For Your Pledge -- Pass B1 Along to Others

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