The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Beacon of Hope grantee, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC).

Several wonderful suicide prevention nonprofits submitting applications to the Beacon of Hope grant program in 2014. After considerable review and discussion, the review team chose to provide the award to SPYC and make a one-year, unrestricted grant of $8,000 to this California-based nonprofit.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC) was founded in 1966  after a murder/suicide spurred mental health professionals and clergy in the area to recognize the need for crisis response services. The organization grew from a single telephone line to several and was incorporated as a non-profit in 1980. Today, SPYC is one of the five oldest suicide prevention crisis centers in the United States staffed solely by trained volunteer crisis counselors. The agency offers several programs: 24-hour crisis lines, including a teen line, and a school safety line; an SOS Signs of Suicide ® school presentation program; and a Friends and Families of Suicide Loss support group.  SPYC is committed to providing all services free of charge.

The mission of Suicide Prevention of Yolo County is to provide crisis prevention and intervention, education, and community outreach services to the residents of Yolo County.

We look forward to working with SPYC during 2015 as they implement their grant and to learning more about what we can do, collectively to eliminate stigma and prevent suicides.