Entries by Dee Dee Robillard

Rotary’s ‘Unsung Hero’ Awarded to Crisis Center Volunteer

We are excited to share that one of our exceptional volunteers, Luke Keenan, was selected as a 2017 San Ramon Rotary ‘Unsung Hero’ award recipient. Luke has been a dedicated volunteer fulfilling a weekly shift on our crisis and 211 phone lines for the past two years.  Luke was described by his colleagues as thoughtful, […]

The Crisis Center goes green-er…

In the later part of 2016, the Contra Costa Crisis Center adopted smart building technology, enabling a more responsive and efficient energy usage in our 24/7 facility.  Below is a photo of our recent rebate check from the City of Walnut Creek – which has now taken our energy cost savings over $3,600 in our first eight months! Not only […]

Grief and the holidays

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha, Sukkot, Diwali/Deepavali, Halloween, All Saint’s Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza, New Years- the months of September-January are filled with a number of annual holidays that can be a very difficult to navigate for those who have lost a loved one. Holidays can be a […]


Never stop listening…

Meeting Melissa today, you might never imagine the challenges she’s faced- two deployments to Iraq, traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, self-doubt and plans of suicide. This vibrant, upbeat mother of three made it through some very dark times. She’ll be the first to say, that the things that happen to you do not define you. […]

Coping with grief during the Holidays workshop

The Contra Costa Crisis Center is excited to announce its new Coping with Grief during the Holidays workshop.  Please share as appropriate. Coping with Grief during the Holidays Workshop This workshop is intended for those struggling with grief and bereavement, or individuals supporting a loved one who is grieving. Workshop will cover: How grief can […]

SIDS and the quiet grief: October Candle-lite 2016

 SUDS and SUID Awareness Month October is national Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) awareness month.  Approximately 3,500 infants died unexpectedly in 2014 making SUID the leading cause of death for infants under one year of age. The stories may be different, the acronyms used may be different, but the […]

2016 Share the Spirit Grant Awards Announced

The Share the Spirit evaluation committee, a partnership of Bay Area News Group – East Bay Times and the Contra Costa Crisis Center, is pleased to announce the following organizations have been awarded grants for Share the Spirit 2016:   Acts of Grace/Grace Baptist Church Alternative Family Services American Indian Education Program Ariel Outreach Mission […]


September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

Does talking about thoughts of suicide increase the risk that someone will act on those thoughts? We know that most people who die by suicide SAY they are having thoughts of suicide before they attempt suicide.  And, as the 10th leading cause of adult death and the 2nd leading cause of youth death in the […]


Corporate Caring Volunteer Week highlighted by East Bay Times

Columnist Faith Barnidge highlights the upcoming Corporate Caring Volunteer Week in her Good Neighbors column this week (excerpt below). For the full article, click here.     By Faith Barnidge, Columnist The Contra Costa Crisis Center provides support and safety net resources for individuals and families in stress in Contra Costa with a 24-hour crisis […]

Mental Health Awareness Month 2016

Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and board members who went green and helped us raise awareness about the 1 in 5 Americans who will experience mental health concerns in their lifetime. Initially launched in 1949 by Mental Health America and evolved into Mental Health Awareness Month, we continue to observe this important reminder that […]