The third leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds is suicide.
To help combat what it says is the "silent epidemic," the Jason Foundation was created, and now the nationwide program has made its way to Meridian.
In 1997, Clark Flatt's son, Jason, became a victim. Since then, the elder Flatt has been researching suicide, trying to bring awareness to the public.
"I know that there's a good opportunity that there will be a young person, even if it's just one, there'll be a young person alive in this area next year that might not be alive if we didn't have this effort," said Flatt, founder of the Jason Foundation.
The Jason Foundation has teamed up with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., the parent company of Alliance Health Center, to open centers across the country to try to prevent teen suicide.
The foundation hopes to help prevent youth suicide and make the public aware of how prevalent it is.
Each year, more than 5,000 young people in the United States take their own lives.
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