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2018 Volunteer Training Dates have been posted!

The 2018 Volunteer training dates have been posted on our site! Please check them out, along with the requirements for volunteering.


“Giving from the Heart” Indian Dinner Fundraiser!

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2018 “Giving from the Heart” Indian Dinner Fundraiser

  • March 10, 2018
  • 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Episcopal Church of St. Martin
    • 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis

Mark your calendars for our upcoming fundraiser!

Join us for a delicious Indian dinner, presented by Mary Philip. Bid on exciting auction items and enter to win a fully-stocked wine refrigerator! All proceeds will support the crisis services of Suicide Prevention.

If you’d like to buy tickets, please feel free to mail a check (and names of guests) to P.O. Box 622, Davis, CA 95617 (make checks payable to Suicide Prevention of Yolo County).

Individual $40, Table $300

Or buy the tickets online with the PayPal button below:


Fully-stocked Wine Fridge Raffle

No need to be present to win, just buy as many raffle tickets as you’d like and make sure you fill out your contact information for a chance to win.

To enter the raffle, simply purchase tickets below or mail a check for tickets to us at P.O. Box 622, Davis, CA 95617 (make checks payable to Suicide Prevention of Yolo County) and make sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.


Wine Fridge Raffle Tickets



#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Go to this link to donate to us on November 28th, 2017:




#BlueWhale Challenge Statement

The Davis Police Department and Suicide Prevention of Yolo County (SPYC) have collaborated with DJUSD to provide a statement to parents regarding a social media app called the “Blue Whale Game” or the “Blue Whale Challenge”. The app starts as a scavenger hunt-type game and becomes increasingly unsafe as it encourages users to engage in acts of self-harm and eventually suicide. We have no reports of Davis students using it at this time. However, given the potentially dangerous nature of the game and the contagion associated with behaviors of this type, we encourage parents to be aware, talk to your students, monitor their social media usage, and limit access if necessary.


Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Celebration sponsors!

Fundraising for our 50th Anniversary Celebration is in full swing! It’s success is dependent on the generosity of our many sponsors.

We wish to give a special thank-you to the following people and businesses who sponsored our celebration. You are most appreciated!

We hope that you will help support these merchants for being so generous to Suicide Prevention.

Diamond Sponsors (donated $5,000+)

Dignity Health – Woodland Healthcare

Gold Sponsors (donated $1,500-$2,499)

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza
Davis Waste Removal
Harbor Oaks Outpatient Behavioral Health Center

Silver Sponsors (donated $500-$1,499)

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 447
Sola Bee Farms
American International Manufacturing
Davis Odd Fellows
West Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Beverly “Babs” Sandeen and Marty Swingle
John and Judy Whitcombe

Bronze Sponsors (donated $50-$499)

Dos Coyotes Border Café
Woodland-Davis Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
First Northern Bank – Winters
Yolo Federal Credit Union
Davis Ace Hardware
Roger Gambatese & Jan Poole
Sherine Pahlavan, Attorney at Law
The Schaps Law Office
David Scheuring
Larry and Cathy Olsen
North Pacific Plumbing
Kim Eichorn, Lyon Real Estate
John and Barbara Geisler
West Yost Associates


Save the Date! SPYC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration – September 24, 2016

Save the date!

Join us on Saturday, September 24, 2016, as Suicide Prevention of Yolo County celebrates its 50th year of service providing crisis prevention and intervention, education and community outreach services to the residents of Yolo County. The event will take place from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge in Davis. During the event, SPYC will recognize individuals and businesses that have played a significant role in the organization’s history. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served.

Suggested donation is $50; tickets may be purchased by clicking here. Sponsorship opportunities also available – click here to learn more.


April-May 2016 Crisis Line Volunteer Training

SPYC will hold a five-week crisis line volunteer training beginning April 28.

Crisis line volunteers play a role in saving the lives of Yolo County residents; when they join the dedicated team of volunteers who answer the phones at SPYC, they become the first point of human contact in the steps toward mental health.

Volunteers undergo a 36-hour training program in which they develop the skills needed to manage issues of depression, suicide, family relationship conflicts and mental illness. Initially, volunteers commit to serving six hours per week and with a one-year service commitment upon successful completion of the training program. Volunteers have been, and continue to be, the backbone of SPYC. Quality training provides volunteers with the opportunity to participate in the increased well-being not only of themselves, but of those in their community.

SPYC will be interviewing prospective volunteers until April 26. Those interested in applying are asked to please review the training dates listed below to ensure they will be able to attend each training date; there are no make-ups, and all potential volunteers are required to attend each training, on time. Applicants must also be at least 20 years old.

April-May 2016 Training Dates:

Thursday, 4/28: 6 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, 4/30: 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, 5/1: 9 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday, 5/3: 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, 5/5: 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, 5/10: 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, 5/12: 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, 5/17: 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, 5/19: 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, 5/24: 6 PM – 9 PM

To apply, visit to download and complete a volunteer application. Applications can be mailed or emailed back to SPYC. For questions or additional information, please call the SPYC business office at (530) 756-7542 and ask for Ting Ting.


Know the Signs


Every day in California friends, family and co-workers struggle with emotional pain. And, for some, it’s too difficult to talk about the pain, thoughts of suicide and the need for help. Though the warning signs can be subtle, they are there. By recognizing these signs, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference – the power to save a life. Click here to learn the signs.


Thank you to our ‘Tis the Season fundraiser sponsors, donors and volunteers!

Our November 29 ‘Tis the Season to Give silent auction and small plate dinner fundraiser was a huge success! An event like this cannot happen without the help of many special people.

We wish to give a special thank-you to the following people and businesses who sponsored or donated to our auction, and who volunteered their time at the event. You are most appreciated!

We hope that you will help support these merchants for being so generous to Suicide Prevention.

Platinum Sponsors (donated $1,000+):

Gold Sponsors (donated $500+):

Silver Sponsors (donated $250+):

Bronze Sponsors (donated $100+):

Friends & Volunteers

  • Camille Bigham
  • Mary Jo Bryan
  • Nathan Buti
  • Keith Cline
  • Julie Cross
  • Janette Cruz
  • Davis Rebekahs
  • Cecile Downs, Sacramento French Film Festival
  • Davis S. High School Students from the California Scholarship Federation
  • Tuan Duong
  • Mary Lynn Fisher
  • Janet Gaard
  • Nancy Gee
  • Barb Geisler, Noble Grand, Davis Rebekahs
  • John Geisler
  • Brody Hamilton
  • Hoi Polloi
  • Ann Griffith & Steve Hollingworth
  • Carol & Randy Kellogg
  • Adam Kenney
  • Ming-Tung and Fei Lee
  • Sandy Pellegrini
  • Marilyn Roland
  • Lea Rosenberg
  • Doug Sinclair
  • Sharon Shouer
  • Christopher Sommers
  • George Sommers
  • Suzanne Sommers
  • Dallas Stone
  • Mary Superak, Davis Rebekahs
  • UC Davis Arboretum
  • Yolo County Sheriff’s Department


  • B Street Theatre
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Berryessa Gap Vineyard
  • Bikram Yoga Davis
  • Black Oak Casino
  • The Bounce Spot
  • Brooks Painting
  • Busy Bees Cupcakery
  • Caesars Entertainment Corp.
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Carvalho Family Wine
  • Casson & Son Carpet Care
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Cork it Again
  • Creative Hair & Spa
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Davis Arts Center
  • Davis Food Co-op
  • Davis Paintball
  • DH Construction
  • Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • El Macero Country Club
  • Esquire IMAX Theatre European Wax Center
  • Explorit Science Center
  • Fairytale Town
  • Fleet Feet – Davis
  • Heringer Estates
  • Hoppy Brewing Co.
  • Huku Sushi
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Jamba Juice
  • Jelly Belly Factory
  • John F. Dixon Massage
  • Jump Highway
  • Laser Skin & Surgery Center
  • Lyon Real Estate
  • Massage Envy
  • Mikuni Davis
  • Mondavi Center
  • Music Stream Center
  • Outerwall Redbox
  • Paragary’s Restaurant
  • Pier 39
  • Pure Heart Chocolate
  • Rocknasium
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • ROSS Stores Sacramento Children’s Museum
  • Sacramento Kings Foundation
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Sactown Magazine
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Scandia of Sacramento
  • Scott’s Seafood on the River
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Sola Bee Honey
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • SRO Inc. Restaurants
  • Sudwerk Brewery
  • Sugar Bowl Corporation
  • Surf Xtreme Sacramento
  • Total Wine & More
  • True Value
  • Wag Hotels
  • Wicked West Pizza & BBQ
  • Woodland Opera House

SPYC & Day of Caring Need Volunteers!


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DAVIS, CA, August 11, 2015—Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County is excited to have been selected among 37 regional community organizations to participate in United Way California Capital Region’s 2015 Day of Caring, a day when volunteers, business leaders, campaign coordinators and certified nonprofit leaders come together to help local nonprofits complete important service projects as a way of giving back to their community. Day of Caring takes place on September 11th, a National Day of Service and Remembrance when millions of people throughout the U.S. and in 150 countries observe the day by performing good deeds that help others. This is the second year in a row that Suicide Prevention has been chosen to participate.

Suicide Prevention’s project will have volunteers giving back to its lifesaving crisis line volunteer counselors by updating the crisis line volunteer room, where the volunteers answer the crisis lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These dedicated individuals volunteer at least six hours each week to people of any age who are experiencing a mental health or other emotional crisis in their lives. The volunteers will help make the room more efficient and comfortable by adding new furniture pieces, storage units, and well-deserved amenities, including blankets, phone chargers, snacks, toiletries and more.

“The Day of Caring promotes both the spirit and value of volunteerism,” said Diane Sommers, Executive Director for Suicide Prevention. “Those who choose to volunteer help increase awareness and demonstrate what people working together can accomplish for the good of the community.”

United Way is hoping to recruit more than 1,000 volunteers to contribute to the day’s projects. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, and will start work on their projects following the Day of Caring kick-off rally taking place from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at Cal Expo. To volunteer, visit, where you can browse through project options and register for the project of your choice.