The Contra Costa Crisis Center is offering COVID-19 Support Groups for anyone experiencing any stress during this time of COVID-19. There are so many issues besides just the illness – job loss, how to stay safe, uncertainty, work and school from home, parenting, concern for family members, and so much more. This is a good time to get some support, connect with others, and find some ways to cope with stress.

Now Accepting Participants – Groups starting in October 2020, Group will meet virtually. Please join us!

Building connections and resilience in times of uncertainty.

Support Group topics may include:

– Understand stressors
– Coping strategies
– Strength in sharing
– COVID and grief
– Embrace humor

Call 800-833-2900 or text HOPE to 20121 for more information. Visit our website for immediate help.

Coping with COVID stress support group begins soon! Please feel free to let others who may need to talk about stress. Download fliers to share here – English, Spanish

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.

Wendy Diaz is our Help Me Grow Care Coordinator.

Wendy previously worked with Aspiranet in Antioch where she served as a Therapeutic Behavioral Support Counselor for the last five years for children under the age of 18 needing mental health support.

She was also there as an Intervention Specialist for children who were special needs and on the Autism Spectrum, and she also did some work as an administrative assistant at the same time.

Her favorite thing about the Crisis Center so far? “I really like how friendly and welcoming everyone is. I know that if I have a question, I can find someone to help me.”

Wendy is an alumni of Liberty High School in Brentwood, is bilingual (English and Spanish) with a Masters in Human Services, a Bachelors and Associates in Psychology, and currently lives in Brentwood.  She enjoys baking, reviewing food places, traveling, and watching anime when she has some spare time.

Welcome, Wendy!

Check out the Help Me Grow program.

MORE CALLER STORIES from people we are helping each day:

  • A caller from Pinole was exposed to a family member with coronavirus and quarantined, along with other family members exposed. With two children at home, and no grocery delivery options for EBT, she called 211 for help. We connected her to emergency food delivery, and it “restored (her) faith in community.”
  • Our follow up system helped a suicidal homeless caller stay connected. When she first called, she was in great distress and at high risk for ending her life. We advocated for her with local shelter provider, helped her become calmer, and connected her to services. Through a series of calls to check back with her and connection to the right help, she reclaimed a more hopeful outlook.

Donate here to help those calling in crisis!

We are pleased to share this information on behalf of the hosts: You are invited to a Juneteenth virtual gathering! Join these organizations:

Join them at 1-2:30pm Saturday, June 27, 2020,  for a celebration of freedom!Here is a link to flyer: https://bit.ly/3i57Dma

Please help us get the word out to your networks and anyone you know that might be interested in the Help Me Grow Care Coordinator position. We are looking for someone with a Masters Degree in early childhood development, special education, child development, social work, or related health or human services field and who is a fluent Spanish-speaker.

We have the position posted online  and you can learn more about us at our website.  Join the team and help youth in Contra Costa County!

To help during these challenging times, we presented as part of this webinar on teen stress. The webinar replay for Defusing Teen Stress: Navigating Tough Times and Finding Healing is now available to watch.

If needed, here are the resources mentioned in the talk. Please keep, or pass along to a friend or family member who could use the information.

Crisis and Suicide Hotlines:

    • In Contra Costa County:
      • Call 211
      • Or 1-800-833-2900
      • Text HOPE to 20121
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Crisis Text Line: send text to 741741
  • Get in touch with our panelists:
    • Graham Wiseman  (925) 209-6685 – graham@beingwellca.org
    • Scott Chavez ScottC@crisis-center.org
    • Melanie Wahlberg, CS (818) 300-1793 –  melaniewahlbergcs@gmail.com

This event was sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Pleasant Hill, CA, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Orinda, CA

Here are some tips on dealing with Coronavirus anxiety. As communities nationwide respond to the COVID- 19 pandemic, Americans face unparalleled levels of uncertainty.  

To help individuals reestablish a sense of normalcy, Psychology.org partnered with three mental health experts. These experts share five ways individuals and families can manage corona virus-related anxiety. From monitoring social media consumption to establishing a routine, we hope these tips can help as we get through this pandemic.

Dealing With Coronavirus Anxiety: Expert Tips to Help Ease Anxiety
https://www.psychology.org/resources/expert-tips-coronavirus-anxiety.

If you, or someone you love, is struggling to cope, we are here for you 24/7.
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