SLO’s father who died by suicide struggled to seek out assist


Jason Errecalde of San Luis Obispo was reported lacking in late June 2022 and was later discovered deceased.

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Editor’s notice: This text mentions suicide and could also be disturbing to some readers.

Kin of a Father of San Luis Obispo who died by suicide mentioned he was having problem accessing psychological well being companies in San Luis Obispo County.

Jason Errecalde, electrician at Precision Construction Services in San Luis Obispohandled melancholy and suicidal ideation for many of his life, his spouse Tiffany Errecalde instructed The Tribune.

He was reported lacking on June 29 and was later discovered lifeless.

For years, the household struggled to seek out companies on the central coast to assist Errecalde, she mentioned.

Along with his spouse, Jason Errecalde leaves behind his sons Jaden, 15, and Jaxon, 9.

“He was an excellent father,” mentioned Tiffany Errecalde. “I can not fill the void for him.”

Jason Erracalde and his kids on the seashore in 2015. Photograph courtesy of Tiffany Erracalde

Mates and colleagues mourn Central Coast man

Those that labored with Errecalde had been deeply affected by his passing.

His mates bear in mind him as a beneficiant and outgoing one who was at all times able to assist within the workplace.

Precision Building Providers human sources supervisor Stephanie McDonald mentioned an instance of Errecalde’s beneficiant nature occurred on June 24, when he got here to work at 6 a.m. to assist her manage a crew constructing occasion just a few days earlier than his demise.

“It doesn’t matter what he was scuffling with, he at all times confirmed as much as work with a bubbly, constructive angle, and that was really stunning to all of us,” McDonald mentioned of his demise.

After studying that Errecalde had died, the crew had lunch collectively after which left to spend time with family members, McDonald mentioned.

Since then, the Precision Building crew has tried to stay collectively round his grieving household, offering help as a lot as they will, McDonald mentioned.

“It is actually arduous as a result of lots of people love Jason, and he was at all times serving to individuals,” Tiffany Errecalde mentioned. “He was at all times on prime of individuals’s points, and I want he’d allowed individuals to be there for him like he was for others.”

Jason Erracalde and his son, Jaxon, at Precision Building Providers. Photograph courtesy of Tiffany Errecalde

Household struggled to seek out psychological well being companies in SLO County

Tiffany and Jason Errecalde had been married for 10 and a half years. In the meantime, Jason Errecalde battled extreme melancholy, his spouse mentioned.

“I attempted so arduous to get him assist sooner. I scheduled remedy appointments, did all the things I might, however ultimately it was as much as him. “mentioned Tiffany Errecalde.

The household confronted numerous boundaries to accessing psychological well being care on the Central Coast, she mentioned.

For some time they had been lined by CenCalwho’s the central coast administrator of MediCal insurance coverage, besides they’ve struggled to seek out psychological well being suppliers.

“He could not discover a psychiatrist to simply accept him as a brand new affected person with CenCal, so he at all times paid out of pocket to see his psychiatrist in San Jose over the cellphone with telehealth,” his spouse wrote in a textual content message to The Grandstand. “I have been working in healthcare since 2009 and from their perspective it was seen as a legal responsibility with the various hospitalizations and makes an attempt.”

After they lastly acquired personal medical insurance after Jason Errecalde began working at Precision Building Providers, they needed to cowl a $3,000 deductible earlier than advantages began, Tiffany Errecalde mentioned.

“Not solely that, he had a extremely arduous time discovering a therapist in that space,” she mentioned. “Even then, after COVID and all, quite a lot of therapists solely see shoppers by way of Zoom telehealth appointments.

Telehealth remedy was a poor substitute for in-person counseling and psychiatric companies for Jason, his spouse mentioned.

“If you are going to focus on issues of this nature, it’s important to sit down with somebody head to head,” she mentioned. “How do you construct relationships or belief? These are simply arduous issues to speak about. »

Jason Errecalde was hospitalized just a few instances between 2015 and 2019, Tiffany Errecalde mentioned. Throughout that point, the household lived in San Jose, the place it was simpler to entry psychological well being companies starting from remedy to hospital beds, she mentioned.

After they returned to San Luis Obispo County and Jason Errecalde suffered a psychological well being disaster, he generally went to one of many 24 hours Crisis Stabilization Units within the county.

When his suicidal ideas had been extreme sufficient, he generally stayed at San Luis Obispo County’s solely inpatient psychological well being facility — the 16-bed Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF)known as the “Puff”.

The psychological well being unit shouldn’t be just like the inpatient models he is been to earlier than (in San Jose),” Tiffany mentioned Errecald. “When he went to PHF, they might deal with him, he would sleep for 3 days and are available house.”

She added that “sleeping” fails to handle the underlying melancholy that results in suicidal ideation.

Jason and Tiffany Erracalde Photograph courtesy of Tiffany Errecalde

SLO Electrician’s household wants your assist

Jason Errecalde’s demise is not the one disaster going through his spouse, who till just lately labored as a house nurse for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Her eldest son, Jaden, has additionally battled psychological well being points and wishes extra supervision to maintain him secure, she mentioned.

His two sons are shaken by grief after the demise of their father. Her youngest son, Jaxon, didn’t need to lose sight of her. Jaden additionally struggles to manage.

The week earlier than Jason Errecalde died, his spouse needed to be hospitalized for a number of days for a well being downside.

When her husband was reported missing, Tiffany Errecalde needed to skip her shift to search for him and handle her kids. She was fired from her job as a caregiver after lacking her shift.

“It was only one factor after one other, and I could not keep constant,” Tiffany Errecalde mentioned. “(I) continually take care of somebody within the household who’s going by way of a disaster.”

The largest problem for the household proper now could be funds. After shedding two sources of earnings just about in a single day, the life insurance coverage declare was denied as a result of Jason’s reason behind demise was suicide.

The household selected to maneuver into a brand new unit as Jason Errecalde died at house however should discover cash for a brand new safety deposit.

Amanda Guzman, cousin of Tiffany Errecalde, mounted a GoFundMe page to cowl funeral bills and different unexpected bills for the Errecalde household. By Sunday morning, he had raised $7,200 in the direction of a aim of $10,000.

“Melancholy and suicide are usually not issues to be taken flippantly,” Guzman wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Jason struggled with himself for some time, and sadly this illness ultimately gained out.”

Group members can contribute to the GoFundMe web page at

The household nonetheless involves phrases with the lack of ” brother, father, husband and a fantastic man,” Guzman mentioned.

“I nonetheless have a tough time believing that is actual,” mentioned Tiffany Errecalde.

She tells individuals who have family members scuffling with melancholy or self-harming impulses to hunt assist at any time when they specific suicidal ideas or present intent to hurt themselves.

“(This) regardless of what number of instances they are saying it…name for assist,” she mentioned.

Easy methods to get assist

For those who or somebody you already know is having suicidal ideas, the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a helpline for individuals in disaster or for these seeking to assist another person. To talk with an authorized auditor, name toll-free 1-800-273-8255. You may also name the Central Coast Hotline toll-free at 800-783-0607 for twenty-four/7 help. For the warning indicators of suicide, go to

This story was initially revealed July 10, 2022 5:00 a.m.

CORRECTION: An earlier model of this story misspelled Jason’s identify. Errecalde. The error has been corrected.

Corrected July 10, 2022

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