As the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic passes, the light of spring returns. Very gradually, greater access to vaccines and testing, businesses reopening, and less need for social distancing inspire relief. The coronavirus is not over, but light and hope feel closer than a year ago.

Unfortunately, many continue to struggle. Thoughts of suicide and mental and emotional distress are why the Samaritans listening line remains busy every day.

Our organization swiftly responded to the pandemic by adopting new ways to keep our Samaritans listening line open without missing a call. Throughout the lockdown, the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands worked with determination and resourcefulness to remain available for people who really, really need us.

Historically, more people die by suicide at this time of year than any other. As our call volume increases for spring, we need your help. Help us be there for the next caller—who could be any of us.