TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As the birthday of Anthony Bourdain approaches, Tampa Bay businesses are remembering the world-renowned chef by contributing to the awareness of suicide prevention.
What initially started as an Instagram post by two of the world’s most prominent chefs has found its way to Tampa, where one restaurateur is remembering the impact of Bourdian, who took his own life last year.
Local restaurant owner, Dave Burton, wanted to recognize Bourdain by raising awareness for suicide prevention efforts across Tampa Bay.
Burton’s restaurants — Tampa Pizza Company, GenX Tavern and Flock and Stock — will donate 15 percent of every purchase to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to benefit suicide prevention.
Last year the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay handled 114,763 calls of all types., and 5,131 people received suicide prevention assessments.
According to Crisis Center of Tampa Bay spokesperson Ken Gibson, more than 2,100 of those people received continued support through the care coordination program.
There is no shortage of such a need in Tampa Bay, which has the second deadliest bridge for suicides in the Skyway Bridge.
Since the current bridge opened, 236 people, or an average of about eight people each year, have killed themselves by jumping from it, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
“Even after several public suicides in recent years, we still see a stigma surrounding openly discussing suicide. A day in honor of Anthony Bourdain will go a long way in reducing this stigma, as well as shining a light on suicide prevention resources available in our community,” said president and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Clara Reynolds.
If you’re thinking about suicide or worried about someone who might be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with a local crisis center. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by messaging 741741.