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

You’re Invited!
This series, designed for high school students, will offer reliable information, engaging conversations, and resources for students on subjects related to mental health & wellness.

May 13, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Presentation: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Register here – No cost to attend.
For more information, e-mail us at tupe@cccoe.k12.ca.us.

 

Download the flyer here.

Hear from and celebrate local middle and high school students working to address youth tobacco, cannabis/marijuana, prescription drug, and alcohol use.

A Webinar Event on May 20, 2021
Presentation: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Register Here

Parents/guardians and other adults are welcome. There is no cost to attend, although registration is required.
For additional information, please email TUPE@cccoe.k12.ca.us.

Download the flyer here.

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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.

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