A Gift of $20 to the Crisis Center Provides: 
25 items to help restock the Crisis Center food pantry. 

A Gift of $330 to the Crisis Center Provides:
Three trauma therapy sessions for a child.

A Gift of $1,000 to the Crisis Center Provides:
Six trauma therapy sessions for a child and three for a parent.

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. 
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
September is Suicide Prevention Month.  This month is the perfect opportunity to start a dialog with your friends, family, coworkers, etc... about mental health.  Sounds overwhelming, right?  You might think to yourself, "how do I start a conversation about mental health?" or "why is mental health important?"  These are great questions!  Talking about mental health and suicide does not have to be hard, but it requires feeling comfortable about discussing it.  For me, that usually requires some understanding.

Let's start with the
basics:  What is mental health, and why is it important?  According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices." ( When our mental health is good, we feel confident and able to handle the regular stresses of life.  We have the capacity to cope when problems are really difficult.   By contrast, compromised mental health can be debilitating and can lead to feelings of self-loathing or despair.  There are many mental health conditions, but depression is the most common and can become very serious if left untreated.  If you or a loved one has been sad for more than 14 days, you could be suffering with depression.  Please remember that mental illnesses are treatable or can be managed just like physical health illnesses.  Don't let stigma or embarrassment prevent you from seeking this important help.

So now you might be wondering "how can I help?"  Helping a distressed friend or family member starts with a discussion.  Whether it is a phone call, a lunch date, or just a walk, providing an outlet to talk can make a difference.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers the following tips when talking with a friend or loved one who may be struggling 
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

A Desperate Call for Help: Kasee's Story

Kasee knew she was in a downward spiral emotionally. Her circumstances seemed to be getting worse and she knew she needed help.  Just a few months earlier she was married, living in Georgia, and had a full-time job she loved. She had been able to manage her emotions over the years, but over the past 11 months her condition worsened and things went out of control.  She was diagnosed with severe mental illness and her husband soon left her. She tried to stay strong, but her performance at work suffered and she was soon let go from her job.

She was able to move in with her grandparents in Florida, but she felt trapped and lonely. Her depression led to thoughts of suicide and Kasee started to dwell on what method she could use to take her own life...READ MORE.  
Beer and Bow Ties at Coppertail

The Kraus Family at Beer and Bow Ties
It was an incredible night of food, drink, fun, and BOW TIES when over 300 people gathered at Coppertail Brewery in Ybor City for the 1st Annual Beer and Bow Ties Benefit for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

The event was organized by Ella Bing Bow Ties co-founder Brent Kraus (read more about Ella Bing's story HERE) and a committee of volunteers who spent months planning the details of an event that raised over $11,000 for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and much needed awareness pertaining to suicide prevention.

Guests enjoyed a selection of beers from Coppertail; food from Datz, Alessi Bakery, 717, Beef 'O' Brady's, and Sunday's Delicatessen; amazing raffle prizes; and unique games that included "Pin the Bow Tie on the Clown" and a Bow Tie tying race.

Thanks to the Kraus family, the incredible planning committee, Coppertail Brewing Company, all the sponsors, and everyone who attended Beer and Bow Ties! 
Crisis Center Helps Local Congregation Address Depression and Suicide

Hyde Park United Methodist Church
Members at Hyde Park United Methodist Church were shocked and saddened when, over the course of three months, two members of their congregation took their own lives. Both women had been active members of the church and were known for their vibrant, dynamic personalities.
Church leadership knew they wanted to address the topic of depression and suicide within the congregation. They held a church meeting to get feedback from church members. At the meeting, people expressed an interest in participating in a small group that addressed the topic of depression.
Coincidentally, a member of the church, Kathy Freeman, was invited to take a tour of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay...(READ MORE) 

World Suicide Prevention Day: Celebrating Coping & Resiliency

Rena Romano Addresses Attendees at World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day was started in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization to serve as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide.
On September 10th, the Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay held a special event at the James A Haley VA where almost 100 people gathered to celebrate life and obtain valuable resources pertaining to suicide prevention.
Attendees at the event were treated to a performance by the Ruby Dance Center and demonstrations of self-care techniques including aromatherapy, positive painting, and acupressure.  The evening culminated with a keynote speech by Rena Romano about her personal journey from despair to resiliency and a candlelight vigil to remember loved ones lost to suicide. 

If you're interested in learning more about suicide prevention, you're invited to attend one of the QPR workshops held at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay through the year. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR workshops are posted through the year in the EVENTS section of the Crisis Center's website.
Events- Save the Date for the Following Events! -

Compassionate Estate and Charitable Planning
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay 
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Financial Professionals and Florida Bar members can earn 3 continuing education credits at this free education session. To learn more and register, click HERE 

Share Your Heart Tour
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay 
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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  

QPR Suicide Prevention Workshop
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, October 22, 2015

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. 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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor

To learn more and register click HERE