Reflecting on our Independence

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
Amidst the fireworks and barbeques that typically surround the 4th of July, I found myself thinking about all the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and independence.  While our national armed forces have provided us with the ability to commemorate this holiday, it is our veterans who deserve to be the focus of our national celebration!

Hillsborough County is home to over 95,000 veterans (  Fortunately, most of our veterans have what they need to live healthy, happy and productive lives.  However, we have all heard statistics pertaining to veterans who are struggling.  Homelessness, addiction, suicidal ideation, and mental health conditions like PTSD, anxiety and depression plague way too many of our veteran heroes. 
KidsatTheCrisisCenter - MORE GOOD NEWS! -

A Simple Phone Call Saves a Veteran's Life

It was 2:37 in the morning - a lonely hour.

Sam had attempted suicide before. Ten years earlier, his father had intervened and saved Sam's life.

Now, he was struggling again. He pondered his life and the potential consequences of his decision, and thought about leaving his fiancé and their unborn son alone. He reached for his cell phone.

The line rang at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.  Ophelia, a Crisis Specialist, answered.

She got Sam talking. 
SpeakUp 5k to Benefit the Crisis Center

As a teenager, Cameron Gallagher suffered from severe depression and anxiety and discovered that running made her feel better. For years Cameron dreamed of creating a 5k race in her community to help raise awareness about teenage depression.

Unfortunately, Cameron was only sixteen when she passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition as she crossed the finish line at a half marathon in Virginia Beach, VA in March of 2014.  

The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation was formed to fulfill Cameron's dream and legacy by being a positive force that works to cultivate awareness and understanding of teenage depression and anxiety. This year, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay was selected as the beneficiary of the SpeakUp 5k race taking place on Saturday, October 22nd at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.

You can support Crisis Center programs that deal with teenage depression and anxiety by running (or walking) in the SpeakUp 5k!  To register as an individual or form a team, click HERE.

Tickets Now Available for Beer & Bow Ties!

Kim Randall and Brent Kraus have something in common - each lost a loved one to suicide. Through their pain, they decided to do something to raise awareness and support suicide prevention. Two years ago they founded the Beer & Bow Ties event. Last year's event was a resounding success and raised over $10,000.

This year, Beer & Bow Ties will take place at The Ritz in Ybor City on Wednesday, August 31st starting at 7pm. Proceeds raised at Beer & Bow Ties will benefit the Crisis Center's Suicide Prevention services.   

Guests will enjoy music, raffles, prizes, local craft brews, and food from a variety of great local restaurants! To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, click HERE.

FREE Business Networking Event!

Join us at Business Connections, a FREE networking event, on Thursday, September 22nd. This is a great opportunity to enjoy great food and drinks (and maybe even win a prize!) while networking with Tampa Bay business professionals. The event will be at Firestick Grill at Amalie Arena located at 401 Channelside Drive in Downtown Tampa from 5pm to 7pm. To register, click HERE! If you and your company would like a table at this popular networking event, please contact Jennifer Moore for sponsorship information.     
Save the Date for Thursday, October 20th!

The Crisis Center is proud to present a panel of local experts (CPA, Attorney, Trust Officer, Financial Officer) who will provide a look into the "Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes" to help you avoid these common pitfalls. The event is free and will include a Q&A session with questions from attendees.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
One Crisis Center Plaza
Tampa, FL 33613

Tribute and Memorial Gifts: Make a Gift in Their Name

Estate planning is an ideal opportunity for you to support the organizations that you love. It's also a great way to honor someone close to you in the form of a tribute or memorial gift.

Join other supporters of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and give a gift that reflects what you and your loved ones hold dear in life, such as our mission. Your gift becomes a lasting, tangible expression of the values in which that person believes.

Here are some questions you can ask to start planning the ideal tribute gift for your loved one.... (Read More)  
Events - Take a Tour of the Crisis Center -

Share Your Heart Tours
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016 
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 to these Crisis Center Corporate Partners!

Events Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!