Thank you for your support of the Crisis Center!

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
Just over a year ago, I began a new chapter in my professional life as President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

I knew there would be new opportunities, new relationships and new challenges. As I reflect on the past 365 days, many words come to mind to describe my experience, but one stands out: pride...
Arianna Finds Help After Her Mother's Suicide

Arianna & her Grandmother
Arianna was just 5 years old the night her mother took so many pills that she collapsed on top of her young daughter.

Amazingly, Arianna was able to free herself and call 9-1-1 for help. Soon her home was filled with police and paramedics. Sirens blared and lights flashed....
KidsatTheCrisisCenter - MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Family Stabilization: A Helping Hand When Financial Crisis Strikes

Case Managers Help People Through their Financial Crisis
Sadly, many people in our own community live paycheck to paycheck. Any disruption in income can start a downward financial spiral that could lead to homelessness and poverty.

The Family Stabilization department at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay provides support and guidance to strengthen a family's ability to provide for its basic needs during a time of crisis... READ MORE   
FCASV Commends Sexual Assault Services

Sexual Assault Services
Team Members
Sexual Assault Services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is the certified rape crisis center for Hillsborough County. This means anyone age 13 or older in the county comes to the Crisis Center for a forensic medical exam/evidence collection after a sexual assault. Survivors are also able to receive advocacy services and can easily connect to additional Crisis Center, government, and community resources after the initial visit.

To be a certified rape crisis center in Florida, an organization must receive an evaluation and site visit from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV).... READ MORE 

Tanya & Sean Hillary: A Journey of Philanthropy

Sean Hillary first attended the Crisis Center's Cup of Compassion breakfast in 2011 and was so moved by the experience that he asked Tanya to join him the next year. Sean had lost a friend to suicide years earlier, so the mission of the organization resonated with them. They made the commitment that morning to become members of the Sustainer Society.

Their involvement with the Crisis Center quickly grew after that breakfast. They hosted a special event in their home so friends, neighbors, and co-workers could learn more about the Crisis Center... READ MORE   
Women In Action: Making a Difference in Tampa Bay

Women in Action is a diverse group of sixty philanthropic, community-minded women who are not afraid to tackle tough topics such as human trafficking, suicide, child abuse and sexual assault. Members attend four luncheons through the year where they receive in-depth information about challenges that face our community. At the final luncheon, members vote to direct their membership investment to specific Crisis Center programs and projects.

In 2015, Women in Action members provided funding for Crisis Center community response teams, suicide prevention, and survivor empowerment. Topics for 2016 include Veterans & Suicide, Chronic Mental Health Issues, and Green Dot Violence Prevention.

For more information pertaining to Women in Action click HERE, or contact Sandy McLaughlin at (813) 969-4987/  
In Remembrance: Barbara Wilcox

A Photograph of Barbara & Roy hangs in the Crisis Center's Wilcox Room

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay would like to express our condolences to the family of Barbara Wilcox who passed away on August 6th. Barbara once served as a member of the Crisis Center's Board of Directors. The Wilcox Room at the Crisis Center is named after her and her husband, Roy, who passed away in 2014. We deeply appreciate her legacy to provide help, hope, and healing to people in crisis. You can read her obituary HERE.

Using "Green Dots" to Prevent Violence in Ybor

Ybor City is a Tampa Bay treasure. This historic community is known for its dining, arts, culture and night-life. Unfortunately, a few people sully Ybor's festive atmosphere through acts of violence.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is working with Ybor business and community leaders to implement the Green Dot program. A "green dot" is any behavior that promotes safety and communicates intolerance for violence.
Healthy Transitions: Connecting Youth to Mental Health Resources

Many children in our community struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health conditions. There are numerous programs, nonprofit organizations and agencies whose sole purpose is to improve the lives of children, but what happens when a young person turns 18 and no longer qualifies for the help he or she received as a minor?

Healthy Transitions is a new program that helps young people bridge the gap between mental health services for youth and adults. ..READ MORE
Calling 2-1-1 May Have Saved Nick's Life

Crisis Center Care Coordinators
Jodi was really frightened for Nick, her 17-year old son. He had been talking about killing himself both at home and at school. His hair-trigger temper would go off without warning and he even damaged property in the house. He had seen a therapist in the past, but when Jodi tried to get her son back into treatment she faced difficulty getting an appointment.

Thankfully, Jodi called 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Specialist connected Jodi with Dan, a 2-1-1 Care Coordinator and member of the Healthy Transitions team, a special program for teens. First, Dan linked Jodi to ACCESS Florida so Nick could qualify for Medicaid when he turned 18. Then, Dan connected Nick with a case manager at Success 4 Kids & Families, another Crisis Center community partner, where he found help to stabilize his emotions and stay safe. Today, Nick no longer talks about suicide. He's moving forward with work and school and is able to handle his emotions when he's feeling upset. 
Events - Upcoming Events! -


The Ritz in Ybor City
Wednesday, August 31
For ticket & event info, click HERE
Enjoy music, raffles, prizes, local craft brews, and food from a variety of great local restaurants! All proceeds go directly to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, benefiting Suicide Prevention and Awareness.

James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
SCI Dining Room
13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33612
Saturday, September 10th

Attendees will experience a community resource fair,self-care demonstrations, a candle-light Vigil, and a keynote speech by Brent Kraus, Co-Founder of Ella Bing Bow Ties.

Business Connections
Firestick Grill at Amalie Arena
Thursday, September 22nd

Join us for cool drinks and great food at the hottest business networking event of the Fall! To register for this FREE event, click HERE

Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613
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. To register, click HERE

Al Lopez Park in Tampa
Saturday, October 22nd

The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation is bringing this special 5K race event to Tampa! Runners and walkers are welcome to participate.The SpeakUp5k raises awareness about teen depression, and proceeds from the race will support the Crisis Center. This is a family-friendly race with loads of fun activities; all ages can participate! Click HERE to register.

Share Your Heart Tours
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, August 25
Tuesday, September 13
Thursday, September 29
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!