Kids in Crisis available for counseling, support in wake of Newtown shooting

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Friday morning, Kids in Crisis, a town organization that offers free crisis counseling and emergency shelter, is offering the community a helping hand to cope with the Newtown tragedy.

The organization said it is available to the community “in any way needed” including providing emotional and therapeutic support for parents, students and school staff, and serving as a resource for the town.

Kids in Crisis has assembled its Crisis Response Team and will have crisis counselors and clinicians available to anyone in the community this week and its 24-hour crisis hotline is available to all by calling 203-327-KIDS.

Counselors are available to meet individually with staff and students within schools, or act as a support to each school’s crisis team as needed.

Kids in Crisis is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises – domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 112,000 Connecticut children and families; in 2012, 5,913 children and families received assistance from the organization.

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