TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Students at Plant High School showed-off their talents Tuesday night, to raise awareness about suicide prevention.
The "Be The Voice of Hope" talent show, was organized by Emily Surak, a senior who has turned the issue into a mission.
Surak says high school can be tough and has witnessed students suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders.
"So much is going on, that it bubbles up inside of us, and there's a negative stigma around having a therapist or getting help," said Surak, "and that's a big issue and that's what I'm trying to do the opposite of, and tell people there is help available."
A dedicated volunteer of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Surak has put the talent show on for two years in a row. Before and after the performances, students have the opportunity to talk to experts about the resources available to anyone who is struggling.
"It starts with a call to 211," said Ken Gibson, spokesman for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
Trained professionals are available 24/7 and can help connect callers with thousands of community resources.
"I just want everyone to know that it's okay to get help," said Surak.