Crisis Center Mission
To ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. 

13 Reasons...

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
Earlier this month, I was part of several text messages from some eighth-grade parents.  The texts were about a relatively new series on Netflix called "13 Reasons Why."  It is based on a book of the same title written by Jay Asher.  The series details the life of a teenage girl who commits suicide and her 13 reasons why.  I must admit, I'm not as current as I probably should be with youth media so I was really shocked to learn that this book touches on most of the areas essential to our work at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay:  trauma, bullying, rape, and suicide.  The other parents were also pretty shocked to learn about the subject matter of this series.  So, I decided to ask my 14-year-old son, Corey, if he had heard of it and not only was he familiar with the series, but he had watched all 13 episodes!  Since May is mental health awareness month and in light of the popularity of "13 Reasons Why", I thought this was a great opportunity for me to highlight how the Crisis Center's services and programs can help children, teens, youth and adults cope with life's challenges.
KidsatTheCrisisCenter - MORE NEWS! -

Amy Now Feels Safe at Grandma's House

Amy loved visiting her grandparents. A couple of times a year, she and her parents took car trips from Tampa to Georgia to spend time with them. Amy liked being in a new place and spending time with her family.

Everything changed when she was 8.

One day when she and her grandfather were the only people in the house, he touched her in ways she knew were bad. And he swore her to secrecy. She didn't say anything, hoping he would never do it again. But the assaults continued on additional visits....
Art & Healing at THRIVE!

Bernadett Celene Fritch Performs
Original Music at THRIVE!
Survivors of sexual assault gathered at Urban Phoenix Studios in Ybor City on the final day of Sexual Assault Awareness month in April for an intimate event called THRIVE!

The goal of the event was to provide "hope and healing through art." Survivors used music, visual art, and spoken word to express the difficult journey a survivor experiences in taking steps to heal from trauma.

THIRVE! also included a "Love Speaks" segment in which each attendee crafted a special message of encouragement that was exchanged with other attendees. During a "Hope Speaks" open mic segment, survivors shared brief stories of healing in a safe and confidential environment.

Empowerment programs like THRIVE!, along with advocacy services, trauma counseling, and the gateway contact center are used by sexual assault survivors to find help, hope, and healing. Show your support for these crucial services by making an online donation to the Crisis Center by clicking HERE

Semicolons and Suicide Prevention

The semicolon has become an international symbol for suicide prevention. Traditionally, a semicolon signifies where a sentence could have ended, but the author continued with a connected thought. In popular culture, the semicolon has also come to signify that a person's story and life are not over.

On May 7, artists from the Atomic Tattoos shops at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor donated their time and talent to provide semicolon tattoos for $40. All proceeds were donated to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, with more than 100 people receiving a permanent reminder that life does go on - and is worth living.

Anyone who is battling thoughts of suicide can connect to help 24/7 by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. Locally, these calls connect to the 2-1-1 Gateway Contact Center at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. 

Children Learn How to "Spread Love Everywhere"

Angelina Adorno leads kids in
an anti-bullying pledge
Many children in low-income areas of our community are at risk for experiencing academic struggles, relationship problems, and bad behavior, including bullying. The negative impact bullying can have on a child's life can be severe. Side effects of bullying can range from difficulty finding friends to low self-esteem to suicidal thoughts or attempts.

As part of the BRIDGES anti-bullying program, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosted a free Teach Kids How to Care event on May 6 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in Tampa.

The event provided an opportunity for children and adults to have fun while learning valuable communication skills. Parents participated in a workshop, and obtain valuable information from community partners. Children learned about positive communication through music, art, and interactive activities.   
Free Continuing Education Credits Available

Attend the free CE class on May 18!
Financial, legal, and health/life insurance professionals have the opportunity to earn free continuing education credits at a seminar taking place at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay on Thursday, May 18 from 7:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for insurance advisors, attorneys, Certified Financial Planner professionals, Chartered Life Underwriters, Chartered Financial  Consultants, and CPAs!
To learn more and reserve your spot, click HERE.
Events - Take a Tour! -


Gateway to Healing Tours
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, May 25
Tuesday, June 6
Thursday, June 22
Listen to stories about the people we help. See the facilities where we offer healing to clients. Hear about the urgent needs of the families we serve. Find ways to join us in making a difference in our community.

To learn more and register click HERE     
Events Thank you Corporate Partners!

Events Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!