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The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay brings help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges or trauma resulting from sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems.
Dear Friend of The Crisis Center,

In this issue we'll focus on programs the Crisis Center provides to raise community awareness foCrisis Center Externalr suicide prevention, and services that help intervene with those contemplating suicide.  September is a month when organizations across the world celebrate suicide prevention initiatives that provide life-saving information and resources.

You'll read about one family that established a business as a tribute to the memory of their son and brother. You'll also learn the story of a teen-age girl who found someone at the Crisis Center who truly cared for her when she felt she had no one left she could trust.

The Crisis Center is there to ensure that no one has to face a crisis alone. Anyone can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and speak with a compassionate and caring Crisis Specialist.

Thank You for Your Continued Support!

Care Coordination at the Crisis Center
By David Braughton, President & CEO

Chances are we all know of someone who has died by suicide.  Perhaps, it was a loved one or a friend of a friend.  But no matter how we are personally related, the aftermath is always the same.  Lives are shattered and the pain and grief - for those closest - will linger for months or for years or a lifetime, amplified all too often by self-recriminations and the soul numbing search for "Why?" 

The first time I came face to face with suicide was while sitting in chapel one spring morning at college....

Hannah Receives Hope and Healing after Calling 2-1-1

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2-1-1 Specialists are Available to Help People in their time of Crisis
The voice on the other end of the line was confused and uncertain. She said her name was Hannah; that she was 15 years old; and was depressed & alone and thinking about suicide.

A Crisis Specialist in 2-1-1, Daniella, listened patiently as Hannah described the events that led up to her call. Hannah had been sexually molested by a family member. She confided in her best friend, but instead of receiving support and understanding, her "friend" told other students in school. This led to a relentless combination of in-person and online bullying from her
classmates. Hannah felt alone, betrayed, and helpless.

Remembering Matthew: The Ella Bing Story
In Brent & Lisa Kraus' own words

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Most do not think about suicide or the effects it has on families and loved ones until it hits home. More than 300 people turned out for Matthew's funeral, a testament to the influence he had on so many people's lives. He was known as a person who could light up a room, always smiling on the outside, always a friend. Very few knew what he was dealing with on the inside. When the Crisis Center came to me about writing this article, I didn't realize how difficult it would be to do. I spoke with my mother and received her thoughts on the subject. She was able to express her feelings beautifully. Here is her recollection of the night of August 31, 2010....  (CONTINUE) 

QPR Training Helps People Learn How to Save a Life

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Tom Mueller Teaches Suicide Prevention Techniques at a Recent QPR Workshop

Each month, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosts an educational workshop where people can learn the warning signs of suicide and practical steps they can take if they know someone who may be at risk. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer.  Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help...(CONTINUE)


- More Good News! -

Helping People at the Crisis Center  

By Wendy Bowman of Florida Blue    

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Wendy Bowman Currently Serves as a Member of the Crisis Center's Board of Directors

In January 2011 a business colleague introduced me to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and invited me to tour the facility.  My schedule was full and I almost did not attend, but I didn't want to disappoint my friend, so I showed up as a courtesy and planned to escape the second the tour was over. 
During our visit, I realized the thousands of Hillsborough County residents that the Crisis Center touched each year.  There was one section of the facility specifically built for sexual assault/rape victims.  I had always assumed all rape victims were taken to the emergency room to be treated and forensic evidence was taken there.

Financial Alert: Make Tax-Free Gifts From Your IRA Today  


For IRA Article in Sept 2013 Newsletter
People who are 70 or older Can Make a tax free IRA contribution before December 31st
There is a way for people who are 70 and older to establish their legacy now by using a tax incentive that may not be in place in 2014.  The IRA charitable rollover legislation allows for people who are 70 or older to make a charitable contribution (of up to $100,000) from an IRA without undesirable tax effects. In order to qualify, the gift must be made directly from the IRA to the charity. 

By making a gift this year from an IRA, people can see their philanthropic dollars at work. This jump-starts their legacy while providing the joy of watching their philanthropy take shape. The funds can be used to fulfill any outstanding pledge that has already been made by transferring that amount from the IRA... (CONTINUE)


Coming Up...

Empowerment through Movement: Poetry in Motion   

Sat, Sept 28th (10am to 12:30pm)

These workshops encourage participants to move freely through improvisation and creative movement methods, uniting mind and body in a positive and lighthearted manner.  This program does not require any dance training or experience; it is designed for those willing to explore movement and other art forms in a safe and supportive environment.    

For more information, visit: http://empowermovement2-eorg.eventbrite.com/  


Together We Do Tour   

Thurs, Oct. 3rd (12pm to 1:00pm)  

Listen to stories about the people we help. See the facilities where we offer healing to clients. 
To register visit: http://www.crisiscenter.com/take-a-tour.aspx 


Have you considered leaving the Crisis Center in your estate plans?
Click here to learn more about the Crisis Center's Legacy Society.
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