The Point: RCTC installs new signs at Metrolink stations to call for help.

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year filled with challenges. Paying attention to our mental well-being can be daunting amid the coronavirus pandemic, racial and social unrest, economic uncertainties, changes in work and educational settings, and political strife. During these tough times, stress, anxiety, and depression can hit with dire consequences.  While we all cope with anxiety differently, some people decide to end their lives. We need to help each other get through these tough times by providing a link to resources.

During the 2020 September National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Riverside County Transportation Commission installed Suicide Prevention Lifeline signs at Metrolink stations and will soon be installing them along the railroad tracks in Riverside and Perris. The signs prominently display the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK).

Through this toll-free number, the lifeline is a national service designed to seamlessly connect people in each state to locally financed and operated crisis centers, so they can get the best care, nearest to them. The lifeline is for anyone considering ending his or her life or those who want to talk about problems they are facing. Available 24 hours each day/7 days each week, the lifeline provides help for English and Spanish callers and for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

According to the latest California Department of Public Health report, in 2017 there were 4,323 suicides in California, with significantly higher than average rates of suicide in Riverside County. Whether you are near railroad tracks, at home, or anywhere else, trained staff members are available to help.  Learn more here about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline program and how you can help.