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.

     

Some people eligible for a vaccine appointment may not be comfortable navigating a web page or recorded telephone prompts or entering information into online forms.

Please reach out to family, friends and neighbors to see if you can help. Go to bit.ly/3pMaVxS for more information.

    

If you know someone who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment right now, but may need a little help, please make that offer.

Go to bit.ly/3pMaVxS for more info.

What is 211? An easy-t0-remember three-digit number that serves as our community’s comprehensive and confidential resource hotline, 24/7.

Every year, National 211 Day is celebrated on February 11, too recognize the more than 200 211s located throughout the United States and to increase awareness of this vital service that connects people with essential health and human services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Used by millions of people every day, 211 offers access to free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling; disaster assistance; food, health care, and insurance assistance; stable housing and utilities payment assistance; employment services; veteran services; COVID-19 resources, and childcare and family services.

In 2019, U.S. 211s answered more than 11 million calls and close to 450,000 texts, chats, and emails, making more than 14 million connections to life-changing support and resources.

Locally, 211 services are provided by the Contra Costa Crisis Center, available by phone and text 24/7.

Do you need help, or do you know someone who needs help?

Call 211 today or text HOPE to 20121 to speak to a trained specialist. Help is available in multiple languages.

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.

Threads of Hope is Diablo magazine’s celebration of outstanding community volunteers. Each year, individuals and organizations nominate volunteers of all ages who provide vital services in a variety of fields, including the arts, youth, children and families, education, health, the environment, athletics, and more. Then, a team of judges selects a handful of exceptional nominees to be featured in the December issue of Diablo magazine and honored at the Threads of Hope event. Read more about the 2020 Threads of Hope honorees 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

Congratulations to this year’s Share the Spirit grantees! For more information about the Share the Spirit program, click here.

Act of Grace Bay Area Foundation
Alternative Family Services
Assistance League® of Diablo Valley
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)
Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP)
Berkeley Food Network
Berkeley Food Pantry
Beyond Emancipation (B:E)
Brighter Beginnings
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Civicorps
Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance
Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
East Bay Childrens Law Offices
East Bay Innovations
Eden I&R
First Baptist Head Start
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Grateful Gatherings
Hope 4 the Heart
Las Trampas
Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS)
LITA (Love Is The Answer) of Contra Costa
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Love Never Fails
Loved Twice
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
Open Heart Kitchen
Opportunity Junction
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa (Rainbow)
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
RCF DBA SparkPoint Contra Costa
Rubicon Programs Inc.
Service Opportunity for Seniors (SOS) Meals on Wheels
SHELTER, Inc.
ShowerHouse Ministries
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization
The Davis Street Community Center, Inc.
Trinity Center Walnut Creek
Tri-Valley Haven