We are pleased to announce that we have been re-accredited by the American Association of Suicidology for another five years!

Crisis Centers across the nation seek accreditation as a validation of high quality service delivery according to nationally recognized standards, a model of program excellence, and a commitment to systematic, ongoing self-evaluation and improvement of suicide prevention and crisis intervention services.

We are proud and thankful for the hard work and dedication of all of our volunteers and staff in continuing to help people in times of crisis. With help comes hope.

To learn more about AAS Accreditation, click the link to the AAS site below.

https://suicidology.org/training-accreditation/crisis-center-accreditation/

~211 helps in Contra Costa County and all over the USA

Here is more on how we at 211 provide help:

211 provides expert, caring help
–No matter the situation, the specialists at 211 listen and identify underlying problems. Then we connect people in need with resources and services in their community that improve their lives.
211 meets real needs in real time
–In 2018 alone, 211s in the US answered more than 11 million calls and almost 1 million texts, chats and emails, helping millions with life-changing support. There is no other network in the country that has a similar pulse on America’s needs.
211 provides unmatched, critical services
–211 is a vital service leveraged by millions of people across North America. Every day, clients contact 211 to access 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 and childcare and family services.
Need more information – Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 anytime, day or night. We are here to help!

As the decade draws to a close, we are looking back at some of the major events for the Crisis Center in the last 10 years. We also want to offer our most sincere thanks and gratitude to the volunteers, donors, supporters, staff, partners, and community that make this critical work possible.

We wish we did not need to be here, but are glad we are here for the community. Crisis calls are up 26% and APS/CPS calls are up 14%. 211 referrals – connecting those in need to vital services – are up 200%!

We’ve added Linea de Crisis (the Bay Area Spanish language crisis line) and now offer grief groups in Spanish to better serve the community we represent.

We retired our mortgage with help from Leftovers Thrift Shop and The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation.

We launched the Help Me Grow project with First5 Contra Costa and partners, providing support and resources for parents and developing youth 0-5 years old.

Website use is up 14% and ten years ago we had no social media presence.

Our call center was re-accredited for five years by the American Association of Suicidology in in 2014 and again in 2019!

Again, thanks to all of you for making this lifesaving support possible!

The Crisis Center help lines provide 24/7 crisis counseling. Whether you are dealing emotional distress or other issues, we are here for you. We also can provide or connect you or people you love to services or recovery resources. Call us anytime, night or day, at 211 or 800-833-2900 or text HOPE to 20121.

Make a plan to #GiveTime in honor of #GivingTuesday!
Your wallet may be feeling a little thin after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday may be, well, too soon, and we get that. If you can still donate after fulfilling all the wish lists, great! We thank you for donating now to help save lives.
But, if you need to wait a bit, just come for a visit to get to know us better. This year, we’re focusing on what’s important to so many of us during the holidays — community.
Come in for a tour on #GivingTuesday and learn more about how the Contra Costa Crisis Center supports so many in the community every day.
AND we have a challenge fund for GivingTuesday, for those of you who can make a donation at this time!

Every $1 donated for the $1000 challenge will have double the impact! Mark your calendar to donate to the Contra Costa Crisis Center on December 3rd, 2019, to maximize your dollar’s impact.

Visit our website and learn more about the Contra Costa Crisis Center and #GivingTuesday.

How Your Donation Helps

  • $25 provides Help Me Grow resources for new parents
  • $55 supports a crisis counselor for one hour answering shelter and resource calls in Contra Costa County
  • $250 provides full day of Mobile Grief Response Team support after a suicide or traumatic death if it strikes an area high school

And remember:

If you, or someone you know, is struggling emotionally or needs assistance with resources, call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 anytime, night or day.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Visits East County First 5 Center to Discuss Early Screening and Intervention with Parents.

We love helping parents and children connect to resources through Help Me Grow and First 5 Contra Costa. The Contra Costa Crisis Center’s 211 information and referral service now has trained developmental specialists available! We help parents navigate to programs and resources their child needs. If you are a parent of children age 0-5, start here with our #HMGCoCo information or call 211.

Last week, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier visited East County First 5 Center to discuss early screening and intervention with parents. To learn more, check out First 5’s post about Help Me Grow and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s visit here .

Rep. DeSaulnier is carrying a bill this year that would significantly increase federal funding for developmental services. As a result, children who need help can be identified sooner and get help faster. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier paints with preschool children in classroom

Help Me Grow focuses on early detection, referral, and treatment for children with developmental or behavioral concerns.

Our free program supports babies, young children, and the people who love them.

Help Me Grow Contra Costa can answer parents’ everyday questions about their children, from ages 0-5.

We also connect families to local resources for free screening of children 0-5 to check how they are growing and developing. Parents and caregivers can call 211 anytime 24/7.

 

We invite you to watch these powerful stories – from actual Crisis Center Grief Program participants- about how they utilized programs of the Crisis Center to help cope with tremendous loss. (CW) The content is very powerful and might illicit a strong emotional response, but there are also powerful messages of hope.

Their stories have this in common – they called the Crisis Center.

If you, or someone you know, needs emotional support, we are here 24/7. Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 to talk with someone.

 

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The day was designated by the U.S. Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event. Come together with other survivors of suicide loss at the #ISoSLD event on November 23, 2019. The Walnut Creek event is from 9am – 12 noon at John Muir Hospital in Ball Auditorium.

View the trailer here https://vimeo.com/370124233

Please join us at our local screening of this film and come together with other survivors of suicide loss. Register or get info here.

Pathways To Healing: Hope after Suicide Loss follows the family and friends of Chris Taddeo, a young adult who died by suicide. Together, they show the individual experiences a community of people can have after a shared loss.  Watch as they move from confusion and denial to isolation and finding support. Through their various approaches to grief and healing, each journey shares a message of hope, connection and resilience.

Come together with other survivors of suicide loss at the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event on November 23, 2019.  The Walnut Creek event is from 9am – 12 noon at John Muir Hospital in Ball Auditorium.

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world. These events bring suicide loss survivors together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience. The Walnut Creek event features an AFSP documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience, and connection.

You can register here or contact Scott Chavez or call 925-939-1916, ext 422 for more information. The International Survivors of Suicide Loss event is free of charge.

Here are some fun paparazzi shots from The Center’s Black & White Gala held on 08/24/19. It was a LOT of fun! One of the best!