Statement on Saratoga Show

Over the last few days the band and crew have been dealing and coming to terms with the events of last Thursday night. The range of emotion is far and wide and sadly we will carry this with us forever. As will all those that were in attendance. To all those who have reached out to us in the last few days please know we are humbled by your support, kindness and generosity. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to write everyone back, but please know that we are getting these messages and THANK YOU.

We ask that you continue to send the same positive energy to the family and friends of Michael Pickels, who need equal support to get through this difficult time.

At some point over the weekend we met with grief counselors to help try and make sense of this situation. While we likely will never gain the answers we need, what we did get out of the conversations were of great service to our mind, body and soul. In regards to coping with what we witnessed it was a step in the right direction. We have come to realize that some of those in attendance may be in need of similar counseling and may not be receiving it. Our hearts go out to you and we want to encourage you to talk to someone who has experience in these types of matters.

We have reached out to Kara, a Bay Area organization that is available to assist with grief counseling for attendees. Kara offers one-to-one grief counseling and have also set up several drop in groups specifically for you over the next couple of weeks.

If you or your children were at The Swell Season concert at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA Thursday, August 19, 2010, you witnessed something that is traumatic and has the potential to stay with you.

All Kara peer counseling is free. Do not be afraid to reach out to them and one does not need to attend the first meeting to attend subsequent meetings.

Please call 650-321-5272 for one-to-one support or to find out more about the drop in groups.

Drop in group schedule:
Thursday, August 26th, noon – 1:30pm
Thursday, August 26th, 7pm – 8:30pm
Thursday, September 2nd, noon-1:30pm
Thursday, September 2nd, 7pm-8:30pm

The drop in groups will be held at Kara, 457 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Please plan to stay for the full time of the group session.

Kara’s regular office hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 4pm. For the next few weeks they will also be regularly checking for messages after hours and will respond as quickly as possible. Please note that Kara is not a 24 hour crisis hotline. If you are in crisis and in need of urgent services please contact 408-279-3312, the Santa Clara County Mental Health Suicide & Crisis Service 24 hour line.

We will be checking in with Kara throughout the next few days and week and will take their lead as we move forward. They are the professionals and we are blessed to have them there and ready to help.

We love our fans and it’s time to turn our attention to them. Without them we are nothing.

Respectfully, The Swell Season

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2010