Crisis Center suicide prevention calls have spiked after two celebrity suicides in one week

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 18:45:27-04

After the news of two prominent celebrity suicides within days of each other, local crisis centers say they’ve had a spike in calls for help. 

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"When a person is disconnected from family, friends, or their community, there is a higher risk," said Liza Cepeda of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Mandi Clay says as a teenager she was depressed for years and being alone would trigger her.

"I would try to cut my wrists or I would swallow a bunch of pills," said Clay.

Clay says she tried to kill herself with sleeping pills at the age of 18

"I was just very lucky that somebody saved me from death, but yeah, they did have to bring me back," said Clay. 

Now Clay is happily married and a lawyer. She says medication and support of loved ones have made all the difference. 

"I promise there’s another side to this and when your brain works, you won’t believe how much different the world looks around you," said Clay.

The Crisis Center says if someone is isolating themselves or talk often about suicide they are at risk. 

"The most important thing you can do is find someone you trust and let them know," said Cepeda. 

To get help call the 24-hour suicide prevention line at 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-talk).