After Wednesday’s tragic knife attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, a number of local churches have organized vigils and brought in counseling services to help the victims, their families and the community as a whole.
Here’s the latest information:
Faith United Methodist Church
Prayer Service at 6 p.m.
305 Freeport Street
Inspire Counseling Services available
Just off Route 22
Church office: 724-733-0070
Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ
Community Meeting at 1 p.m. Friday
Murrysville Sport’s Zone
Also, a fund has now been set up to help the victims with their medical costs:
4251 Old William Penn Highway
Murrysville, Pa. 15668
Please make checks payable to “We are FR”
For information, contact S&T Bank: 724-325-3600
Finally, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society has released some tips for how to cope in the first days after major traumatic events:
- Keep informed about new information and developments, but avoid overexposure to news rebroadcasts of the tragedy. Be sure to use credible information sources to avoid speculation and rumors.
- If you feel anxious, angry or sad, you are not alone. Talk to friends, family or peers who likely are experiencing the same feelings.
- If you have contact with children, keep open dialogues with them regarding their fears of danger. Talk about your ability to cope with tragedy and get through the ordeal.
- Feelings of anxiety and sadness following a traumatic event are natural. If these symptoms continue, even after order has been restored, or if these feelings begin to overwhelm you or your child, seek the advice of a psychiatric physician or other mental health professional in your local community.
For more information, visit: www.psychiatry.org/mental-health