Entries by The Crisis Center

Local High School Students Participate in Film Contest

LOCAL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN IN FILM CONTEST TO PROMOTE SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL WELLNESS AMONG CALIFORNIA YOUTH Walnut Creek, Calif. — Films written and produced by students at Heritage High School, Deer Valley High School, and Making Waves Academy were recognized in the third annual Directing Change Student Film Program, a […]

Support our troops? Dealing with PTSD requires commitment

Suicides by active-duty troops and veterans are at levels that would have been unthinkable a generation ago. Each day, on average, a current service member dies by suicide, and each hour a veteran does the same. In response, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in February. The act aims […]

Teen suicides: Survivors reach out to offer hope

Three months before his May 2009 suicide on the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto, 17-year-old Jean-Paul “JP” Blanchard wrote on Facebook about trying to help a woman in a wheelchair navigate through a Starbucks. The story offered no explicit clues that the Gunn High School junior was depressed or suicidal. But it did offer insights. […]

Suicide Prevention Mentioned At the Oscars

As you may or may not be aware, suicide prevention was mentioned more than once last night during the Oscars. Screenwriter Graham Moore used his win to bring attention to suicide awareness and depression during his acceptance speech. Suicide prevention was brought up again when Producer Dana Perry was accepting her Oscar for the best […]

Oakley suicide prevention workshop teaches participants what to look for

OAKLEY — Residents came together at a city-sponsored workshop Thursday night to learn how to prevent suicide in their community. The suicide prevention and intervention workshop was co-hosted by the city and the Contra Costa Crisis Center in response to recent suicides, Councilwoman Diane Burgis said. Lesley Garcia, a crisis intervention team leader and supervisor, […]

Threads of Hope

Diablo Magazine will recognize one of our amazing volunteers, Jane Emanuel at their Threads of Hope on Thursday, December 4, 2014. View their invitation!  

In Memory of Bernard Mayes, Founder of S.F. Suicide Prevention

On October 23, Bernard Mayes, multi-talented journalist, Episcopal priest, and community activist, passed away in San Francisco. He was the founding force behind the Suicide Prevention movement in America, launching in San Francisco the first of what would eventually become a network of over 500 community crisis centers. He went on to become a pioneer […]

Beyond the Headlines: Robin Williams and Depression

This special edition of Beyond the Headlines commemorates the life of actor, comedian, and humanitarian Robin Williams – and explores the power of depression in his and all of our lives. Cheryl Jennings sits down with two of Robin’s longtime friends and fellow local comics, Brian Copeland and Bob Sarlatte. They’ll share their personal memories […]