Suicide Loss & Holidays

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (also known as Survivor Day) falls on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving. This year, it fell on November 23rd, 2019, marking a day where those affected by suicide loss came together for healing, understanding, support, and connection. Looking forward at the upcoming holidays can be a daunting prospect for […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week was this past week (October 6th – October 12th) and you might’ve seen various mental health related organizations recognize the work they do in their communities. Did you find time to bring awareness to mental illness and mental health issues? What kinds of activities did you engage in? At Suicide Prevention, […]

National Suicide Prevention Month & Week 2019

Did you know that September is National Suicide Prevention Month and that National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8th through 14th? For information on events during this month, check out the Each Mind Matters website (California’s Mental Health Movement) and the American Association for Suicidology site for more information on national efforts in suicide prevention […]

Upcoming Fall 2019 Training!

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC) will hold a five-week crisis line volunteer training beginning October 8th. 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 […]

“Jump”

That’s the word Kevin Hines heard in his head on September 25, 2000, as he stood on the Golden Gate Bridge. In the midst of a struggle with mental illness, Hines got a running start and leaped over the rail.”I’m falling head-first, and I immediately recognize that if I hit head-first, I will die,” he […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed and with each subsequent year, we’ve been able to bring more and more awareness to issues of mental wellness, mental illness, and the need to treat our mental well-being in addition to physical well-being. For more […]