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…

September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

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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…

Corporate Caring Volunteer Week highlighted by East Bay Times

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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…

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…

Food Bank announces free summer lunch program

Summer Food For Kids is a Summer Food Service Program provided by the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. Meals are offered to children and teens age 18 and younger free of charge while school is out.  Kids and teens are invited to eat…

Press Release: Crisis Center new home of Corporate Caring Week

Contra Costa Crisis Center continues the important work of Corporate Caring Volunteer Week.   For the last 53 years, the Contra Costa Crisis Center has provided support and safety net resources for individuals and families in Contra Costa. …

For many grief changes yet stays the same

In our experience, grief is not necessarily something we "just get through", but rather a journey towards integrating our grief into who are now, that our loved one is gone. Becky Olsen, co-founder of OurSideOfSuicide.com, shares the lessons…

13 thoughts crisis workers have when watching "It's a Wonderful Life"

Frank Capra's classic film is a favorite this time of year, but as Dana Grayson at iCarol notices, the film also "centers around the topic of one man's suicide plan".  Dana published a humorous blog post highlighting 13 ways in which crisis…

Your Call: What are the most effective ways to prevent suicide?

KAWL's program Your Call hosted a discussion about efficacy of suicide prevention and the construction of suicide prevention nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. Program guests included: Courtney Brown, hotline coordinator for the San Francisco…

National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

AFSP’s documentary The Journey, which was produced for Survivor Day 2014, tells the stories of a diverse group of suicide loss survivors. It’s a compelling film that shows how each survivor is weathering the loss of a loved one, and how…

Now Hiring! Join the Help Me Grow 211 Call Center Team!

The Crisis Center is seeking qualified applicants to join our Help Me Grow 211 Call Specialist team.  The Help Me Grow Call Specialist works with the 211 Call Center to appropriately screen and refer callers with young children to culturally…

Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students

Learn the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and others — and find resources that lead to a happier and healthier college career. http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/top-5-mental-health-problems-facing-college-students/