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Depression Crisis

Organized by: Brandon Stephenson

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THE STORY:

Today there are numerous emergency rooms full of people who are there because they are depressed. The good thing is that they are close to Dr's. The bad thing is the Dr's can only help them that day only. We are opening a location where people who are depressed and cannot afford to speak with a psychologist/psychiatrist , have a place to go to talk to people. The people we have are the best kind. The ones who have had the "been there, done that" experience. No one can help a depressed person better than someone who has been in their shoes. This is a place that will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We will offer rides to and from our location free of charge to everyone that needs help, no matter the time of day. We will have a kitchen where meals can be prepared and served through local donations and are also free of charge to those who are hungry. We will have a relaxing room where people can sit down or lay down to rest, relax or sleep. They will have access to talk to any one of the friendly staff on hand.

Why is this so special to me? Because I was once in that position. I was depressed and suicidal. I had no one to talk to such as family or friends. No one who understood what I was going through. I tried the suicide prevention hotline, but that did nothing for me because I could just tell the responses I was getting were coming from a list of things to say. Basically, they felt scripted. I knew an emergency room Dr would either prescribe me something, which was doubtful. Or would give me a recommendation to a psych. Well that wasn't going to help me then and there. I met up with a place just as I have described what my place will be like. They offered everything above and more. But more importantly, they truly saved my life. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough of them around to serve a huge city like Sacramento.

So what will opening doors to another facility do? Well it will give more options for people who are in the shoes I was in. Another safe place for real face to face conversation with someone who has been in their shoes before. It will help lower suicide numbers by an additional 25%. We will also be able to provide them with information such as group meetings as well as low income, low cost psychs.

How do we survive from here on out financially? Well the great thing is everyone loves to donate, however that will be a small percentage of how we receive funds. As I was saying with emergency rooms overflowing and being logjammed with these type of patients, it really hurts emergency rooms. By lowering the amount of mental illness patients such as these in emergency rooms, the county grants us money. This reduces costs for the county such as ambulance services, 911 dispatches, and state health insurance costs. So they pass part of their savings onto us in the form of money. We use that money to pay all bills such as rent, electric, utilities, internet and taxi rides for those who do not have a personal vehicle.

I am so excited for this opportunity to give back to my community. Please help me get this going. The sooner we open, the sooner we startaking a difference.

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