Letter: We are here to help

Letter: We are here to help

In early March with the news of a new virus spreading, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services began planning an emergency process to continue operating our 24-hour crisis lines. Because we have been operating crisis services for over 50 years, we recognized the need for our 24-hour crisis lines to continue uninterrupted for the safety and well-being of our community. Schedules were rearranged to comply with physical distancing recommendations and we rose to this new way to operate.

During the past four months, we have responded to over 1,600 contacts and hearing how this current situation is affecting people with deeper feelings of depression, loneliness and anger.

None of us could ever imagine that COVID-19 would have such a dramatic and life-changing effect upon our families, our neighbors, our friends and our community. COVID-19 impacts all of us, some more than others, but it touches us all.

This is an unprecedented time in the history of our nation, and one that is fraught with fear, isolation and disruption to all aspects of our daily life.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services has and will always continue to act in the best interest and well-being of our community. We will continue to provide this essential service as information about COVID-19 changes rapidly and creates increased stress and anxiety to our community. It is imperative that individuals stay informed, follow county and state guidelines and take the necessary steps to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 now and in the future. By having access to our 24-hour crisis line 530-756-7542, our volunteers will continue to support our callers as they deal the ever-changing landscape of their lives.

We will be there, but we continue to need your help. Any donation of products, sanitizing items or financial support is most needed, but even well wishes, a smile or a kind word to those around you would also help. To learn more about Suicide Prevention, please go to our website www.SuicidePreventionYoloCounty.org or contact our business office at 530-756-7542. Please remember, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we will answer your call.

Diane Sommers
Executive director, Suicide Prevention of Yolo County



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