This past Monday, the community in Oakley has been hit with its 5th suicide of the year. On average, in Contra Costa County, 112 people die by suicide with many more attempting suicide.
According to Oakley City Councilwoman Diane Burgis, she reported during her council report during the March 25 meeting, that she requested a report on suicides in Oakley. What she found out from the report was that in the past 5-years, there have been a total of 9-suicides reported. However, in the last three months in Oakley there has been 4-sucides (based on Monday’s incident, the figure is now 5).
“That is troubling to me,” said Burgis. “Looking at the cases there is nothing that ties them together… I know we are all trying to do what we can do but we should be proactive.”
Burgis stated that she called Supervisor Mary Piepho’s office and have asked her to bring in some mental help programs to help pay a little more attention to us and maybe do some brainstorming to see what the city can do to encourage people to reach out to one another.
Contra Costa County Crisis Center:
The mission of the Contra Costa Crisis Center is to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community.
The Contra Costa Crisis Center is governed by a 15-member board of trustees. A staff of 20 is assisted by nearly 200 active volunteers. Our budget is $1.8 million (80 percent for direct services, 7 percent for administration, and 13 percent for fundraising). Fifty-Six percent of our funding comes from individuals, businesses, foundations, civic groups, and proceeds from Leftovers Thrift Shop, an agency auxiliary; 44 percent comes from government. We are purchasing our 7,000 square-foot facility in Walnut Creek.
- Information & Referral: 211
- Crisis and Suicide: 800-833-2900
- Grief: 800-837-1818
- Homeless: 800-808-6444
East County Resource Guide
There’s no typical suicide victim. Suicide transcends all ages beginning with adolescence, all ethnicities and cultures, all socio-economic groups, and all religions, as well as gender, sexual orientation, and ablebodiness.
There are common warning signs, however:
- Talking about suicide or making statements revealing a desire to die.
- Drastic changes in behavior (withdrawal, apathy, moodiness).
- Losing interest in hobbies and in personal appearance.
- Depression (crying, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, hopelessness)
- Worsening academic or job performance and sudden failure to complete assignments.
- Lack of interest in activities and surroundings (dropping out of sports and clubs).
- Settling affairs (giving away prized possessions such as books or a CD collection).
- Increased moodiness, irritability, or aggressiveness.
- Remarks suggesting profound unhappiness, despair, or feelings of worthlessness.
- Death and suicidal themes in written work.
- Self-destructive behavior (taking unnecessary risks or increased drug or alcohol use).