Scott Poland, Ed.D., a professor in the College of Psychology and the Co-Director of NSU’s Suicide and Violence Prevention Office, recently completed two film modules for the Jason Foundation. One module was on suicide and bullying and the second was on suicide and self-injury.
The Jason Foundation (www.jasonfoundation.com), which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in memory of Jason Flatt, a teen who died by suicide in 1997. The Jason Foundation’s mission is youth suicide prevention and it has concentrated on the key role that schools can play in suicide prevention and to date the Foundation has trained over 190,000 educators. The Foundation passed the Jason Flatt Act legislation in 16 states that requires suicide prevention awareness training for K-12 school personnel. Clark Flatt the President of the Foundation recently met with Poland and Gene Cash, Ph.D., also from the College of Psychology, to discuss proposing the Jason Flatt Act in Florida.