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The "Silent Epidemic" of Youth Suicide

March 15, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Mesilla Valley Hospital Referral Development Manager and The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) Representative, Jeanne Resendez. She works with teachers and organizations to teach parents and educators about suicide awareness and prevention trough JFI programs.

The Jason Foundation is a nationally recognized youth suicide awareness and prevention program and is available locally at Mesilla Valley Hospital. JFI is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1997 after the tragic suicide of the CEO/President’s youngest son Jason Flatt.

Youth suicide is a growing silent epidemic among young people ages 10 to 24, with approximately 100 youth lost to suicide every week. Since 1980 there has been a 100 percent increase in youth suicides, and is the second leading cause of death for college age youth.

To learn more, call 1-888-881-2323 or visit their website at www.jasonfoundation.com.