Suicide Prevention Week: September 7-13, 2015

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2015.  During this day, individuals and organizations alike will be drawing attention to the problem of suicide and advocating the prevention of this terrible tragedy.  Suicide is a national health problem that is also one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation.

Join Rascal Flatts and The Jason Foundation in the fight against youth suicide.

Rascal Flatts Reach Out To Teens About World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2010

As ambassadors for The Jason Foundation (JFI), Rascal Flatts have recorded a special public service announcement regarding World Suicide Prevention Day slated to take place on September 10, a worldwide day of commitment and action to prevent suicides. On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

In America, suicide is the third leading cause of death for American youths. Rascal Flatts, along with JFI, are reaching out asking teens and their families to learn more about the problem of suicide and how you can help make a difference in your family, in your community, and in our world. To learn more Rascal Flatts involvement in the B1 Project go to www.rascalflattsb1.com. The purpose of the B1 Project is to educate youth and students on recognizing the warning signs of youth suicide and how to help a friend.

To view the psa please go to www.rascalflattsb1.com.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention and focuses on establishing a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers/youth workers the tools and resources to help them identify and assist at-risk youth. This is accomplished through a series of programs and services that focus on information about the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI is a national organization with a network of affiliate offices. Go to www.jasonfoundation.com to learn more.

Rascal Flatts- Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney- have been involved in many charitable endeavors throughout their career and believe in the gift of giving back. Along the way they’ve become avid supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where they have donated nearly 3 million dollars, the American Red Cross, as celebrity cabinet members, and more.

Rascal Flatts Named “Ambassadors” of The Jason Foundation

Nashville – (June 23, 2010) – Rascal Flatts have been named as Ambassadors, or celebrity spokesmen, for The Jason Foundation (JFI) and in addition to their roles in public service announcements, public awareness programs and fundraising, they will also promote the foundation’s newly created “B1” Project.

The “B1” Project is a nationwide effort specifically geared to educate youth and students on how to recognize when a friend might be struggling with thoughts of suicide or life in general, and how to help.  The theme is “Someone you know may need a friend – B 1”.  As a part of their ambassador role, Rascal Flatts will be directly involved in this project through a widespread media and social networking campaign.  The campaign will include public service announcements, poster distribution to schools and Facebook initiatives.  Rascal Flatts will also be showing their public service announcements during concerts throughout their “Nothing Like This Tour,” which launches June 25, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Having been personally affected by suicide,” said Jay DeMarcus, “it’s important for me to do all that we can to create more awareness and prevention, particularly with teenagers.  We are proud to be partners with the Jason Foundation and we are looking forward to doing our part in trying to help them save even more lives.”

“We look forward to helping give people the right tools to recognize the signs,” shared Gary LeVox.  “Our youth need to know they have options and there are people that want to help them.”

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.  JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention and focuses on establishing a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers/youth workers the tools and resources to help them identify and assist at-risk youth. This is accomplished through a series of programs and services that focus on information about the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI is a national organization with a network of affiliate offices. Go to www.jasonfoundation.com to learn more.

Rascal Flatts- Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney- have been involved in many charitable endeavors throughout their career and believe in the gift of giving back. Along the way they’ve become avid supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where they have donated nearly 3 million dollars, the American Red Cross, as celebrity cabinet members, and 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.

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