The Jason Foundation offers mental health training for first responders

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Valley News - Health

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – The Jason Foundation Inc., a nationally recognized leader in youth and young adult suicide awareness and prevention, announced a new training focused on supporting and educating first responders, who are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.

Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services workers are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than the general public. Researchers found that elevated levels of post-traumatic stress disorder were associated with a higher likelihood of thinking about suicide and/or having a history of suicide attempts.

The Jason Foundation’s new training is titled, “First Responders Training Module: Addressing Suicide with Youth in the Community and within the Profession.” The goal of this training is to provide first responders with the knowledge, skills and resources to enable them to be better able to recognize the signs of concern and elevated risk factors for suicidal ideation in youth within their community, as well as in co-workers and fellow first responders.

Suicide currently ranks as the second leading cause of death for ages 10-45 in our nation. In the state of California, suicide is listed as the second leading cause for youth ages 10-24, with 26.6% of youth stating that they have seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months.

During this pandemic, our first responders have been working around the clock to ensure that our loved ones have the care they need. Especially now, it is imperative that we provide them with the resources necessary to care for themselves, as well.

To access the training, visit The Jason Foundation’s website and look for “First Responders” under the “How to Get Involved Tab.” The module was designed for both individual study and group training. As with all trainings offered by The Jason Foundation, there is no charge for this educational module.

The Jason Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the “silent epidemic” of youth and young adult suicide through educational programs for young people, educators, parents and other community groups. Visit The Jason Foundation’s website for more information at

Submitted by The Jason Foundation.