Youth suicide prevention locating to Acadiana Addiction Center

LAFAYETTE — The Jason Foundation Inc., a youth suicide prevention and awareness organization, announced the opening of the newest JFI Community Resource Center at Acadiana Addiction Center in Lafayette on July 1.

The Louisiana Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:

—Almost one out of six young people seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months.

—Almost one out of nine young people attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

Acadiana Addiction Center is a substance abuse treatment facility located in Lafayette. The facility is CARF accredited and licensed for 41 beds. The facility offers an initial comprehensive assessment, medically monitored detoxification, inpatient residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, family programs, and gender specific extended residential care. For more information, visit www.acadianaaddiction.com.

Melanie Courville, CEO of Acadiana Addiction Center, said, “Acadiana Addiction Center is honored to partner with the Jason Foundation in the prevention of the silent epidemic of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs. This collaboration has provided Acadiana Addiction Center the ability to offer Lafayette and the surrounding communities the resources needed to make a difference in our youth’s lives.”

Clark Flatt, president and CEO of JFI, said, “I am honored and excited to have opened our Community Resource Center at Acadiana Addiction Center. JFI will work collaboratively with the many outstanding organizations in Louisiana that are already addressing this problem.”

JFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting youth suicide through educational programs and resources for young people, educators, parents and other community groups. JFI, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tenn., was founded in 1997 after the death of Jason Flatt, the 16-year-old son of Clark Flatt.

For more information, visit JFI’s website, www.jasonfoundation.com.

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