May 2023

Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month

CEO Update

May is usually one of those transformative months of the year that I eagerly anticipate. As a country, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Teacher, Nurse, and EMS Appreciation Weeks. May is a time for graduations, dance recitals, school plays, athletic tournaments, and numerous celebrations. More and more, however, it feels like rather than celebrating, we are feeling worn down. We are exhausted by difficult news cycles that it can be impossible to escape – weather events, crime, politics, increased cost of living, economy, etc. We feel bombarded and overwhelmed with the increased demands for our time and attention. For these reasons and a host of other, it is so important for us to also remember that May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for us to reflect on the importance of our own behavioral health.

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Removing the Fog of Trauma

Lauren was referred by her psychiatrist to the Crisis Center for counseling services. It had been four years since she was sexually assaulted by a colleague and she was struggling with severe anxiety, flashbacks, agoraphobia, and self-blame.

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New Sexual Assault Services

Location Opens in Ruskin

The Crisis Center has officially opened a second Sexual Assault Services location in Hillsborough County! Individuals in south county seeking support following a sexual assault can now receive services in this Ruskin location without having to travel to the main location in north Tampa.

The opening was celebrated on Friday, April 28th with an open house event. The Crisis Center worked closely with Commissioner Harry Cohen, Sheriff Chad Chronister, and Clerk of the Court Cindy Stuart, who were all present for the event and provided remarks.

Individuals needing support from the Sexual Assault Services team can dial 211 to get connected to help 24/7.

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Hear stories about the community members we help, see the service areas where we provide healing to clients, and learn about the urgent needs of the families we serve. Be sure to click the link below to register to attend an upcoming tour.

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