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/

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…

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…

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…

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…