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!

The Contra Costa Crisis Center has been developing a new website over the past few months, and we are pleased to have launched. The website has a fresh new layout providing an updated user experience.  Much of the content has been ported over from the existing website so users should still be able to find familiar content and resources.

Check out the new website, we hope you enjoy the new look and look forward to hearing your feedback!

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.

Get Help Quitting Smoking or Vaping ! The California Smokers’ Helpline is a FREE telephone program that can help you quit tobacco. Questions? Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 or visit

¡Obtén ayuda para dejar de fumar o vapear! La Línea de Ayuda para Fumadores de California es un programa telefónico GRATUITO que puede ayudarle a dejar el tabaco. ¿Preguntas? Llame al 211 o envíe un mensaje de texto a HOPE al 20121 o visite

Golden State Stimulus supports low-income families facing hardships due to Covid-19. Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 for more info or visit

El Estímulo del Estado Dorado (GSS, por sus siglas en inglés) apoya a las familias de bajos ingresos que enfrentan dificultades debido a Covid-19. Llame al 211 o envíe un mensaje de texto a HOPE al 20121 para obtener más información o visite

COVID-19 Rent Relief is available. If you or someone you care about is struggling with rent, facing housing challenges or eviction, call or text us. We are here 24/7 with resources and information. Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121.

Suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.

The Contra Costa Crisis Center will be offering several virtual trainings during 2021 sponsored by CalMHSA (California Mental Health Services).

Our trainings will be geared towards community members and service providers to help understand suicide facts and statistics in Contra Costa County, recognize risk factors of suicide, and how to help someone who may be at risk for suicide or self-harm.

We will host 1-hour, 4-hour, and 6-hour trainings during the year.

These trainings are free of charge, so please let others who may be interested know about this valuable resource.  CEU credits will be available for a fee.

See currently scheduled classes here.

Download the flyer here.

Resources for those dealing with mental health issues – 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

for direct links to resources