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
Delmont, Pa.

Cornerstone Ministries
Inspire Counseling Services available
Just off Route 22
Murrysville, Pa.
Church office: 724-733-0070

Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ
Community Meeting at 1 p.m. Friday
Murrysville Sport’s Zone
Murrysville, Pa.

Also, a fund has now been set up to help the victims with their medical costs:
S&T Bank
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:

  1. 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.
  2. If you feel anxious, angry or sad, you are not alone. Talk to friends, family or peers who likely are experiencing the same feelings.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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