988 Lifeline Launches Spanish Text and Chat
The National Suicide Designation Act of 2020 brought about a redesign of the Suicide and Crisis Hotline. What was once a 10-digit 1-800 number is now a 3-digit number (988) that resembles the national emergency number (911). The 988 number celebrated its 1-year anniversary this July. This month 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline) has also launched text and chat services in Spanish. To access, text AYUDA to 988 or chat online.
This month, the Tahoe Truckee Suicide Prevention Coalition moved to its next home with The Speedy Foundation.
The Coalition has been housed in a handful of organizations in the area since it was founded in 2013, including the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Forest Hospital, and most recently Sierra Community House. Suicide prevention work requires community support and we have had many amazing community members step up to the table and lead suicide prevention work in our community. Thank you to everyone who has been involved.
The Speedy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named after 3-time Olympian, Jeret "Speedy" Peterson of Boise, ID and Park City, UT, who was lost to suicide in 2011. Speedy was a champion for mental health, sharing his own struggles openly in a time before it was socially acceptable to do. Executive Director, Shannon Decker resides in Truckee and has been active with the TTSPC since it was established in 2013. She worked at the TTSPC coordinator from 2020-2021 at Sierra Community House and is excited to continue this work under The Speedy Foundation's operations.
Find us out at various outreach events in Truckee, Tahoe City, and Kings Beach this summer. For adults, we will be sharing safer homes harm reduction supplies like Narcan (Know Overdose Nevada County,) gun locks (Mom's Demand Action,) locking pill bottles (Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence,) 988 swag (The Speedy Foundation,) as well as mental health literature. For youngsters, we will have bookmarks, stickers, and pinwheels to share some love.
We are excited to have several Hope Squad members volunteering with us this summer to share information about the school-based suicide prevention program that they have been nominated to participate in throughout the school year.
We hope to see you this summer!
We are looking for volunteers to join us at summer outreach events. Click the button below to sign up.
John Roedel, Upon Departure
hope is often
so much quieter
hope is the whisper
hope is the muted hum
of the world moving under your feet
hope is the sleepy song
being sung to us in the midst
of the fury of exploding bombs
hope is the nearly inaudible
sound of your tears drying
on the rose of your cheek
hope is the hushed wind passing
through a tall Wyoming pine
hope is the noise of you
softly exhaling while
looking for God in the mirror
- hope is the babbling river
- hope is the snoring baby
- hope is the thumping heartbeat
hope is a lightly
beeping hospital monitor
hope is the sound
of butterfly wings
moving in the spring
hope is the noise ice
makes as it melts on a lake
hope is the gentle scratching of
a flower as it claws its way
out of the earth to sunshine