Crisis Center Class
USF’s Honors College is offering a class that puts students on the phone with those who desperately need help. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and shows you how these students are assisting people with questions on everything from foreclosure to suicide.
When people are in their darkest moments and about to give up hope, many call a suicide hotline, such as the one run by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Now a group of USF students are there to answer that call, and it’s because of an Honors College course. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 pays a visit to the Crisis Center and talks to some of the students about some of the unbelievable things they’ve experienced.
USF Associate Professor of Aging Studies Lisa Browntalks about the preparation, training and work the students undertake in the 211 Hotline Service Course.
Amber Boose, Public Health Junior, and Christine Hilliard, Biology Sophomore, discuss their experiences in USF's 211 Hotline Service Course, including their conversations with suicidal callers and how they're always supported by the supervisors at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
David Braughton, President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, speaks about what how USF's 211 Hotline Service Course teaches students compassion. He also discusses what you think about suicides and the holiday season might just be wrong.
Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week
Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.