Hope Cooperative

Hope Cooperative (aka TLCS) has been providing mental health and supportive housing services for people with mental health challenges for nearly 40 years in Sacramento County. As a client-driven organization, we are dedicated to the independence and empowerment of individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities. Our services include intensive case management, permanent supportive housing, life skills education, psychiatric services, therapy, co-occurring substance use treatment, residential support services, opportunities for social connectedness and meaningful activities, and crisis intervention, which we provide to more than 6,000 people in our community each year. Many of our clients are homeless when they begin their Hope Cooperative journey and are now successfully living in a "forever" home. Our 215 dedicated and compassionate staff members are committed to culturally sensitive services that support clients on their path to self-sufficiency. 

Hope Cooperative was recognized as the 2015 Sacramento Housing Alliance Social Justice award winner, and in 2019 was selected as Bank of America's "Neighborhood Builder". 

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

If you or a loved one are looking for the Mental Health Crisis Respite Center, please call: (916)Respite/(916)737-7483 

The Mental Health Crisis Respite Center is centrally located in Sacramento County and makes transportation available for participants who need it. This program helps people find respite during times of mental health crisis. The program is staffed 24/7 and serves any individual living in Sacramento County who is at least 18 years of age and experiencing a mental health crisis who is not in immediate danger to themselves or others. All individuals utilizing the respite center may be eligible to stay for up to 23-hours and can expect knowledge-based services rooted in compassion and understanding. At the Crisis Respite Center, our primary goal is to stabilize individuals in crisis while addressing their basic need for a safe environment and emotional support so they are better positioned to explore their crisis with a solution-oriented mindset. Every guest will feel warmly welcomed and will leave with an individualized resource plan to mitigate future crises. 

Survivors: How To Take Care Of Yourself

You can recover from a suicide attempt. It takes time to heal both physically and emotionally, but healing and help can happen.

  • Find an activity you enjoy: Taking care of yourself is an important part of your recovery. Your “self-care” activities can be anything that makes you feel good about yourself.
  • Talk to someone: Silence isn’t strength. Don’t keep suicidal feelings to yourself. Lean on your support network, find a therapist or a support group, or get in touch with the Crisis Respite Center, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255, or text HOME to 741741.
  • Make a safety plan: Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.
  • Find a counselor: Suicide attempt survivors and researchers who study suicide recommend counseling to help find long-term strategies to ease the emotional pain that led to your attempt.

LGBTQ+:

The LGBTQ+ community is diverse and strong, but may be disproportionately at-risk for suicidal feelings and other mental health struggles because of the discrimination and prejudice they too often are up against. Know you are not alone. LGBTQ+ people are everywhere and many have experienced similar joys and struggles. Build your support network -- the people who keep you safe and who you can lean on if you feel depressed or suicidal:

  • Gender Health Center: (916) 455-2391
  • Sacramento LGBTQ Community Center: (916) 442-0185
  • Sacramento Area Rainbow Kids: (916) 642-9760
  • Trans Families Sacramento: transfamilies@sactgc.org
  • Know the facts: Over 80% of LGBTQ+ youth have been assaulted or threatened, and every instance of victimization in an LGBTQ+ person’s life more than doubles the likelihood of self-harming. Check out this story of hope and recovery to learn how some LGBTQ+ people have coped during hard times.

Know the Warning Signs

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, the Mental Health Crisis Respite Center at (916) 737-7483, or text HOME to 741741.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Ways to start a conversation about suicide:

  • “I have been feeling concerned about you lately.”
  • “Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing.”
  • “I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately.”

Questions you can ask:

  • “When did you begin feeling like this?”
  • “Did something happen to make you start feeling this way?”
  • “How can I best support you right now?”
  • “Have you thought about getting help?”

Be yourself. Let the person know you care. The right words are often unimportant. If you are concerned, your voice and manner will show it. What you can say that helps:

  • “You are not alone in this. I’m here for you.”
  • “You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.”
  • “I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.”
  • “When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold off for just one more day, hour, minute—whatever you can manage.”
  • Watch this brief video on empathy.

But don’t:

  • Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: “You have so much to live for,” “Your suicide will hurt your family,” or “Look on the bright side.”
  • Act shocked, lecture on the value of life, or say that suicide is wrong.
  • Promise confidentiality. Refuse to be sworn to secrecy. A life is at stake and you may need to speak to a mental health professional in order to keep the suicidal person safe. If you promise to keep your discussions secret, you may have to break your word.
  • Offer ways to fix their problems, or give advice, or make them feel like they have to justify their suicidal feelings. It is not about how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting your friend or loved one.
  • Blame yourself. You can’t “fix” someone’s depression. Your loved one’s happiness, or lack thereof, is not your responsibility.

Please click on the photo below for a link offering more tips on ways to start a conversation about suicide:

Five Steps to Prevent Suicide.