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

Crisis Center Vision
At the Crisis Center we seek to be that extraordinary place where all people find help, hope and healing to make tomorrow better.

Put Your Mask on First!    
 
Clara Reynolds President & CEO
We've all been on flights so you know the drill:  before the plane takes off, the flight attendant reviews the safety information.  One of the items on this list is what to do in the event that cabin pressure is lost.  The instructions delivered tell us that an air mask will drop from the ceiling and that we are to put our mask on first before helping others with their mask.  It is a simple concept - we need to make sure we are okay before we can assist others.  Yet, in the helping field, we sometimes forget this basic tenet:  if we are not safe and healthy, we cannot help others. 
 
As you all know by now, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has a mission to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone.  Over the past eight weeks, we have experienced record numbers of phone calls from community members in a suicidal crisis.  In fact, we had two consecutive weeks where we received over 200 suicide calls a week.
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KidsatTheCrisisCenter - MORE NEWS! -

Amber Finds Safety and Hope After Calling 2-1-1

The negative thoughts raced through Amber's head.  She had a history of mental health struggles and had recently stopped taking the medications that helped to calm her.

She knew she could receive support by calling 2-1-1. She grabbed her cell phone and was immediately connected to an intervention specialist at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Amber let the specialist know she had recently gone through some bad romantic relationships, was feeling used by people, and was struggling with thoughts of self-harm.

The specialist listened attentively, asked additional questions, and worked with Amber to develop a safety plan....READ MORE


Gateway Contact Center Experiences Record Number of Suicide Calls 
          
As awareness of resources like 2-1-1 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline grows, the Crisis Center has seen an increase in the number of suicide calls we answer. The sudden loss of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, along with television programs like 13 Reason Why contributed to record call volume in recent weeks. Average call volume had been between 90-100 suicide calls per week, but the number of calls jumped to over 200 calls per week. While this may seem troubling, it's ultimately a good thing because people are connecting to help.   
 
If you'd like to send a message of encouragement and thanks to Gateway Contact center staff who are answering these calls, please reply to this newsletter or send an email to marketing@crisiscenter.com.
 
A Special Message to Veterans: "Stitches of Duty"

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay launched the Florida Veterans Support Line (1-844-MyFLVet) as a pilot program in 2014 to help connect Tampa Bay veterans with fellow veterans who could provide emotional assistance and connections to community resources. Thanks to funding from the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, and through the cooperation of additional 2-1-1 operators in Florida, the line was recently expanded statewide. 
 
To help promote 1-844-MyFLVet, the Crisis Center worked with the Dunn&Co. advertising agency to create a unique billboard that was placed outside MacDill Airforce Base. The "Stitches of Duty" billboard, comprised gear that had been donated by Florida veterans, let veterans know there are people who understand their struggle and there is somewhere they can reach out to for help.
 
 
To learn more about the Stitches of Duty project and to hear stories from veterans who donated their gear, click HERE to watch a video.
Events - Check Out These Events! -

 
 

 
 
SpeakUp5k Youth Music Concert
Saturday, September 8th
Westchase Golf Club
7pm-10pm
 
 
As part of the 2018 SpeakUp5K fundraising effort, Dr. B. Ngoc Pham is organizing a Youth Music Concert. Over 15 student musicians will perform at this event on Saturday, September 8th.   
 
Open to all, tickets are $35 through August 31st and $40 from September 1st-8th.  
 
Purchase tickets HERE. 
 




 
4th Annual Beer & Bow Ties
Friday, September 14th
The Orlo in Tampa
6pm-10pm
 
Beer and Bow Ties was founded out of a passion to help provide resources for suicide prevention and awareness. Tickets are now on sale. General admission is $100 and VIP is $150.

You'll enjoy an evening of local craft beer, local cuisine and specialty cocktails, as well as music by DJ Jonny Torres.

 For more event information or to purchase tickets click HERE.







Suicide Prevention Fundraiser
Tuesday, September 18th
6pm-8pm
Armature Works in Tampa


Enjoy food, cocktails and raffle items at this fundraiser hosted by the Tampa Bay Foundation for Mental Health. A portion of the proceeds support the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Tickets are $10 and can be found HERE.






SpeakUp5k
Saturday, October 13th at 9am
Al Lopez Park in Tampa

The SpeakUp5k is a signature race by the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. The race raises funds and awareness pertaining to teenage depression and anxiety. A portion of proceeds from the race fund the Gateway Services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

To run/walk as an individual, or to form a team, click HERE





 
 
Gateway to Healing Tours  
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, July 26th
Thursday, August 23rd  
12pm-1pm

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!