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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am

Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County. Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness. Visit for air quality information. Visit for current air quality conditions in your zip code. Visit for smoke-related health information.

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!