On March 18, 2009, Josh Anderson made the tragic decision to end his life. He was only seventeen. We created the foundation in his name in order to address the serious need for mental health awareness programs to prevent losing any more teens to suicide.
We believe that every teenager should feel they have the voice, support and resources to seek help for their mental health so that suicide is NEVER an option. It is our commitment to empower teens to feel they can reach out without fear of judgment or shame. We are working to prevent teen suicide through progressive programs, first on the local level in Fairfax County, VA, and then on a national scale in the future.
Please help us bring teen suicide into the light.
Teenagers need to understand that their mental and emotional wellbeing is just as important as academic, athletic or extra-curricular success.
Our youth today are faced with so many pressures – from feeling accepted by peers, doing well in all of their classes, performing on the athletic fields or in musical pursuits, and the everyday struggle of communicating with their parents.
In speaking with high school students, we have found that while resources may exist to help them cope with these pressures, they are neither well known nor are teens comfortable reaching out for help.
Our focus is to bring effective programming to our very large school district, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to address these issues. Although primarily focused in FCPS, we have supported programs in neighboring Loudon County Public Schools and in the Patch American School in Stuttgart, Germany – and we are seeing a lot of success!
- The JAF web site by Tyler Bradshaw
- The JAF logo by Faris Habayeb