Zika Is Not The Only Public Health Crisis

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
If you spend any time reading the paper or watching the news, you know that Zika has taken center stage as a public health crisis.  Don't get me wrong, it is important that we address Zika.  But, we have a more pervasive and deadlier public health crisis that rarely gets addressed - death by suicide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, after cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death.  For Americans aged 10-34, suicide is the second leading cause of death and for Americans aged 35-64, it's the fourth leading cause of death.  So why does this massive public health crisis in the United States receive little to no attention particularly when suicide is 100% preventable?...
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Lily Was Coping By Cutting Herself

Sometimes, the caregivers also need help.   

Patricia, who works for a local social services agency, was well aware of the valuable community resources available through the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. And when she faced her own crisis, she knew where to turn.

Patricia's 14-year-old daughter, Lily, was experiencing severe anxiety that impeded her ability to socialize and develop positive relationships. First, Lily withdrew from the loving people in her life and then she found a new group who were harming themselves through "cutting."

When Lily expressed she was having thoughts of suicide, Patricia knew she had to act quickly....
Beer & Bow Ties: A Fashion Statement for a Cause

Even the wind and rain of Hurricane Hermine couldn't stop the celebration of life and resilience that is Beer & Bow Ties. 200 people with bow ties around their necks or bows in their hair braved the stormy weather to gather at the Ritz in Ybor on Aug. 31.

The mission of Beer & Bow Ties is to raise money for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and awareness for suicide prevention. The event was founded by Kim Randall and Brent Kraus, who are passionate about providing resources for suicide prevention after each experienced the loss of a loved one due to suicide.... READ MORE   
Help, Hope & Healing on World Suicide Prevention Day

The Crisis Center's Mordecai Dixon at World Suicide Prevention Day.
Thirteen years after it launched, World Suicide Prevention Day has truly become an international effort - one that took root this month in Tampa Bay.

The event fosters connections and encourages communication about suicide prevention. On the afternoon of Sept. 10, the Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay held a special World Suicide Prevention Day event for the public at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital....
SpeakUp5K: Raising Awareness about Teen Mental Health

Cameron Gallagher
Cameron Gallagher had a dream to start a 5K race to raise awareness about teen depression and anxiety.  Tragically, Cameron's heart failed as she crossed the finish line of a half-marathon in the spring of 2014, and she passed away.

Today, her family and friends are honoring her life and her vision through the CKG Foundation and the SpeakUp5K.  The event raises awareness and funds for the Healthy Transitions program, which helps local teens and young adults connect to mental health resources and support.

The SpeakUp5K will be Saturday morning, Oct. 22, at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.  To register to run as an individual or team, click HERE.

To read more about Cameron's story, click HERE
Cruise and Support the Crisis Center!

Need a vacation? Now you can support the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay while enjoying a long weekend cruising the Western Caribbean!

The Cruise Planners agency has agreed to donate 100% of their booking fees to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for the Memorial Day weekend Carnival cruise. This five-day cruise departs Tampa on May 27, 2017, with ports of call at the islands of Roatán and Cozumel.

You can learn more, and book your stateroom HERE. If you book before Oct. 18, you can reserve your spot for only $25.00 per person!

Events - Upcoming Events! -



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

Share Your Heart Tours
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, September 29
Tuesday, October 11
Thursday, October 27
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 
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Events Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!