Counseling Available for Newtown Families

Newtown Youth & Family Services offering counseling this weekend.

Saturday, Dec 15, 2012  |  Updated 12:41 PM EDT
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A young girl cries following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. (AP Photo/The New Haven Register, Melanie Stengel)

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Counseling services are being made available to families and community members affected by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The Newtown school district offered counseling until 9 p.m. on Friday night at the Intermediate School.  Counselors will be back at the Intermediate School Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Newtown Youth & Family Services will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for emergency counseling. No appointment is necessary.

Any families or staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, or other community members, are welcome to speak with counselors about the tragedy.

On Monday, Kids in Crisis will be at Newtown Youth & Family Services located at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook.  The organization will provide emotional and therapeutic support for parents, students, and school staff.  Pyschologists, psychiatrists and clinicians will be available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Newtown Youth & Family Services can be reached at 203-426-8103.

State police said on Saturday that a crisis intervention team from Yale-New Haven Haven Hospital will be available to anyone in the community who needs to talk about the shooting.

You can reach the team by calling 203-270-4283.

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