Congratulations to Steve Grimes, the recipient of the Annual “Rosemary Caldwell Volunteer of the Year Award” for 2022!

Steve has been a dedicated volunteer since 2016. Steve serves within the Call Center and facilitates the Friends & Family Grief Support Group.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022, was a day of appreciation for all the many volunteers and staff that contribute to making the Contra Costa Crisis Center the best it can be! All of them work tirelessly to ensure that we fulfill our mission to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and provide or connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community.

Thank you all for your volunteer work. Thank you all for attending.

And a special thank you to Steve, our Volunteer of the year!

Have you ever wondered what happens when you call (or text) 211? We are pleased to share this new video, created by a volunteer Monte Vista High School student, Ethan, explaining how 211 works. It shares some general info, and walks through a specific example so you will see the steps and connections to resources and how the overall process moves along. Take a look!

211 is here for you 24/7. If you, or someone you care about needs help – whether it’s transportation, food, mental health, eviction/rent, quitting smoking, or something else – remember to start with 211! Text HOPE to 20121 or call 211, anytime, night or day.

Resources for those dealing with mental health issues – MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Without a doubt, the pandemic has worsened many existing mental health issues and spawned others. The increased isolation has been difficult for many, especially youth who are missing out on in-person socializing at school and isolated seniors who have gone without visits from family and friends and regular community gatherings.

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

There is good news, however: recovery is common and help is always available through the Contra Costa Crisis Center, which provides 24-hour access to emotional support and critical resources.

During May, the Crisis Center will be participating in multiple events, including a fundraiser at Milk Tea Lab – Concord (stop in for a boba tea or other snack and proceeds will benefit us!), suicide prevention and intervention training, and more! Please join us at one of these events, or be sure to text us, or call, or search our resource database for tools to help yourself or those you care about who are facing mental health challenges.

The Contra Costa Crisis Center keeps people alive and safe; helps them through crises; provides or connects them with culturally relevant resources; and works with a network of partners to support mental health equity in Contra Costa County.

Mental Health America’s Tools 2 Thrive series provides information, tips, and practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency.

Contra Costa Crisis Center

24-hour access to emotional support and resources

Call 211 or 800.833.2900

Text HOPE to 20121

Visit 211.org
for direct links to resources

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Our volunteers help heal hearts!

THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING
A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers! They help every day on the phone/text lines, with the grief programs, on our board, and all around!
They are awesome and we can’t say thank you enough.

We want to wrap up April with another big shout out to all our volunteers for all their hard work, dedication, and caring. They really are saving lives every day.

This pandemic has taught us all how important connection with others is, and also about how valuable the services of our organization, volunteers, and staff are to the community.
We started as a volunteer organization and volunteers are still playing a vital role every day at the Contra Costa Crisis Center!
THANK YOU to our volunteers, past and present.

We invite all interested to learn more about helping the community as a volunteer with the Crisis Center.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

11:00am – 12:30pm

Entertainment, Spoken Word, Historical Presentation and Black Health Matters – COVID19 information

Zoom Info: 82710879455
Passcode: 109274

Do you want to know more about how you can volunteer? Has a friend or family member said they are looking for a way to help the community during the pandemic?

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer on our crisis and 211 lines, please sign up for our next orientation. Training covers everything you need to know to be an effective call specialist.

 

We have TWO January orientation sessions AND a panel discussion for potential volunteers to find out more.

We will hold Volunteer Orientation Meetings on Thurs, January 7, 2021, 7pm-8pm, and repeated on Thurs, January 14, 2021, 7pm-8pm.

To register to attend one of these online orientation meetings, sign up here – www.crisis-center.org/volunteer/ 

 

Find out more – hear from Crisis & Suicide Line volunteers about what it’s like to answer crisis calls: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 7pm-8pm.

To register to attend this online Crisis Line Volunteer Panel presentation, use this link: www.crisis-center.org/CrisisLinePanel/

More info here or send email to Scott Chavez, our Outreach and Training Coordinator.

View the flyer here.

The Contra Costa Crisis Center invites you to learn about the various ways to volunteer with us, including helping us on our Crisis & Suicide Hotlines. We will hold Volunteer Orientation Meetings on Thurs, January 7, 2021, 7pm-8pm, and repeated on Thurs, January 14, 2021, 7pm-8pm.

To register to attend one of these online orientation meetings, use this link: www.crisis-center.org/volunteer/

Hear from Crisis & Suicide Line volunteers about what it’s like to answer crisis calls in another online meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 7pm-8pm.

To register to attend this online Crisis Line Volunteer Panel presentation, use this link: www.crisis-center.org/CrisisLinePanel/

View the flyer here.

2020 has been a year full of struggles so we are giving back to our community. Over the next few weeks, we will be hosting 12 donation-based outdoor classes plus for every membership or class pack purchase made in the month of December, we will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Contra Costa Crisis Center. Invite your friends and loved ones to class to share in the giving.

Donation Based Outdoor Classes

Fire HIIT at 9:00am
Saturdays, December 12, 19, & 26

Forge Circuit at 9:00am
Sundays, December 13, 20, & 27

Minimum donation: $1

View flyer here.

Mental Health Speaker Series, Free and Open to the Public – Ask the Experts: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Strategies

Via Zoom – To Join Zoom Meeting: Click the link – https://zoom.us/j/98328917770

Scott Chavez, CC Crisis Center Training Lead & Stephanie Lewis, LMFT, Division Director of Crisis Services, AC Behavioral Health Scott Chavez is the Outreach and Training Lead at the Contra Costa Crisis Center, founded in 1963, where each day, volunteers and staff provide support, counseling and resource information – helping people in emotional or psychological distress. The month of September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Therefore, the topic for NAMI Contra Costa’s General Meeting in September focuses on suicide prevention. The Contra Costa Crisis Center is well-aware that COVID-19 and the continuing social distancing protocols are creating sustained stress in many people’s lives. Scott will discuss the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s recommendations related to COVID-19 stress, self-care, and safety planning for anyone at any level of risk for suicidal behavior. In addition, Scott will share the effects of COVID-19 on the calls, caller and the team of staff and volunteers who answer the crisis calls. Stephanie Lewis, LMFT is currently the Division Director, Crisis Services, Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH), providing oversight, direction, planning, and development of the full spectrum of crisis services and multidisciplinary teams within the ACBH Crisis Division. Over 21 years of experience working in collaboration with law enforcement and emergency medical services providing crisis mental health services to individuals throughout Alameda County. More than 16 years of expert experience providing various trainings to consumers, clinicians, community providers, and law enforcement on topics related to mental health crisis assessment, intervention, and de-escalation.

THURSDAY, September 17 2020 7:00 – 8:30 PM VIA ZOOM 7:00pm NAMI Announcements – 7:15pm Presentation Begins

Time will be allowed for individuals to ask questions. Submit questions by September 16 to ashley@namicontracosta.org.

NAMI Contra Costa is a Non Profit Organization located at 2151 Salvio Suite V Concord CA Office, www.namicontracosta.org.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6 – 12, 2020.
While we need to focus on suicide prevention every day of every year, this month can help bring attention to the efforts. And we can do this by continuously spreading awareness, advocating for research funding, developing innovative and effective treatment tools, being kind, and helping to educate others on things like resources and warning signs. It’s time to get involved. Please join our events and help share messages of help and hope in the community.
If you or anyone you know are having thoughts of suicide or need to speak with someone ready to listen, please call 211 or 800.833.2900, or text HOPE to 20121.

Suicide Prevention Month Events

JOIN US FOR ONE OR BOTH OF THESE EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER:

Sign up for: Suicide Prevention

Tuesday, 09/08/20. 7pm-8pm
With: Scott Chavez, Outreach & Training Lead

· Learn about the language of suicide awareness, current suicide statistics, risk factors and how to help.

Sign up for: What’s it like to be a Crisis Line Volunteer?

Tuesday, 09/15/20 7pm-8pm
With: Contra Costa Crisis Center Volunteer Panel

· Hear from a panel of volunteers what it’s like to be a Crisis Counselor on our 24-hour crisis hotlines.

Click on the session title to register. Sessions will take place via Zoom and session info will be sent via email upon registration.