Counseling services available for grieving Amsterdam
The city of Amsterdam is continuing to heal after two teens were murdered, and two teens face charges in connection with the deaths. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, services are being provided for anyone who is having a difficult time.
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- "If you feel scared, tell someone, if you feel confused, tell someone," said Minister Kent McHeard.
McHeard also said talking may be the best way to get through tragedy, and as the City of Amsterdam works to do just that, the school district is doing it's part to provide people who can listen.
"Over the next few days we do have grief counseling planned at three buildings that are open this summer," said Superintendent Thomas Perillo.
Counselors can be found at Lynch Literacy Academy, Marie Curie, and the Gloversville high school. The district hopes the services can provide comfort to the community, as they come to grips with the deaths of Paul Damphier and Jonathan DeJesus, and with the fact that two of their former classmates, Anthony Brassmiester, and Matthew Phelps, are accused of killing them.
"Sometimes children do not talk, they may remain quiet, they may become aggressive, they may not want to eat, they loose sleep, all these changes are an indication that something is going on," said McHeard.
"The adults in the community need to be available, and we need to be open and honest with each other, because it is a communal feeling of loss, for four families," said resident, Colleen McHeard.
And the greater Amsterdam school district isn't the only one opening their doors to those in need, St. Mary's hospital is also offering it's counseling services to help the community through this difficult time.
"St. Mary's hospital has partnered with us, and that's been very very helpful," said Perillo.
More information about available counseling can be found on the district's website. School officials said services will be offered as long as they are needed.
"It could have been anyone's son, and I have two, so I've held them closer," said McHeard.