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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Services and Resources for Teens

24 Hour Hotlines/Crisis Counseling

Mental Health Crisis Services

For emergencies and referral information call 1-888-678-7277 any time day or night. The call is free.

Stand! Against Domestic Violence:

(Formerly Battered Women's Alternatives)
Crisis Line: 1-888-215-5555

Contra Costa Crisis Center:
Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-833-2900

California Youth Crisis Line:


Community Violence Solutions:

Central Co.: 925-798-7273
West Co.: 510-236-7273
East Co.: 925-439-7273


Stand! Against Domestic Violence:

(Formerly Battered Women's Alternatives)
Accepts adolescent victims (women only) on a case-by-case basis.

Contra Costa Youth Runaway Hotline:


Diamond Youth Shelter:

San Francisco-based emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth. 1-800-887-1020.


A Step Forward Child Abuse Treatment:

Individual counseling for youth healing from sexual abuse; varied rates. 925-685-9670.

Medi-Cal Mental Health Services:

Individual therapy for Medi-Cal patients. 1-888-678-7277.

Stepping Stones Counseling Center:

Individual and group counseling for girls healing from sexual abuse, abusive relationships, and sexual assault. Free of charge or sliding scale fee. 510-307-4131.

Turning Point Counseling Center:

Individual counseling for youth; varied rates. 925-934-8925.

Legal and Victim Services

Stand! Against Domestic Violence Legal Program:

Assistance with restraining orders, family law issues, etc. 925-676-3122.

Victim/Witness Program:

Provides support services, referrals, and consultation to victims of violent crime, on how to apply for restitution from the state of California. 1-800-648-0600.

Self Defense

Girls' Assertiveness Training, Rape Crisis Center:

Seven hour course on assertive behavior, self-defense, decision-making, and more. 510-237-0133.

Community Violence Solutions:

Central Co.: 925-798-7273
West Co.: 510-236-7273
East Co.: 925-439-7273

Internet Resources

Love Doesn't Have to Hurt Teens:

The Love Doesn't Have to Hurt Teens site includes sections on the dynamics of abusive relationships, ways for concerned friends to provide help, and resources for teens.

Queer America:
Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Youth:

QueerAmerica is a database that includes information for queer and questioning youth on community centers, support organizations, and lesbigay youth groups.

Safety Planning:
If you're being abused, this teen focused plan can help you figure out ways to stay safe.

Teen Central:
TeenCentral.Net is a help-line web site for teens, by teens. Looking for new options, new ideas, new friends? Got a story to tell, a wrong to right, a problem to sort out? Visit Teen Central!