WARREN, Pa. – Prayer vigils are scheduled and crisis centers are being made available in the coming days to help community members in the wake of a pair of student deaths this week.
“Warren Area High School has experienced two student deaths this week,” Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said in a letter. “Our most sincere sympathies go out to the families and friends of those students.”
First United Methodist Church in Warren will be holding a candlelight vigil at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and Youngsville Free Methodist Church is holding a prayer vigil in its chapel at 7 p.m.
A crisis center was made available during the day Thursday and will be open again Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at FUMC in Warren. The Warren Area Student Union is open until 6 p.m. Thursday for those who want to gather.
First Lutheran Church in Warren will be open from noon – 5 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Ewing holding a prayer at 12:30 p.m., Friday.
In the letter, Stewart also provided a list of available resources throughout the community and encouraged parents to talk with their children about anything that may be bothering them.
“These events may provide a good opportunity for you to have some difficult, but important conversations with your child,” Stewart said. “Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your school and ask for the school counselor or principal if you need help or assistance in supporting your child’s needs as we navigate this difficult time.”
The district furnished the following list of resources for those in need:
Sunrise Collaborative LLC
Sunrise has opened its office for crisis appointments related to the recent deaths. Services will be free and confidential.
Call 724-422-3928 for an appointment.
Safe2Say Something Hotline
Students are encouraged to use the Safe2Say hotline to report concerns.
Students have been trained on the use of the app.
Call the Safe To Say Hotline at 1-844-723-2729 (SAF2SAY).
Warren County Human Services (SUD/MH/CYS/Case Management)
285 Hospital Drive, Warren, PA 16365
814-726-2100 or Toll-Free 866-641-3488
Family Services of Warren County (substance use/mental health)
589 Hospital Dr., Suite E, North Warren, PA 16365
Beacon Light Outpatient Services (mental health), Forest/Warren Counties
1885 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-723-1832, Fax: 814-726-8426
The Achievement Center (behavioral health rehabilitation services, summer therapeutic activity programs, family-based mental health services)
Contact: Tara McQuaid, 305 North State Street, Warren, PA 16365
Phone: (814)726-4975, Fax: (814)726-4976
1048 Pennsylvania Ave West, Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-230-9111, Fax: 814-313-1075
Email: [email protected]
Jada Swart, Licensed Professional Counselor
414 Market Street, South Warren, PA 16365
Email: [email protected]
Riverside Counseling LLC
438 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA 16365
(814) 230- 3042
Warren County Children’s Advocacy Center
110A East St. Clair Street, Warren, PA 16365
The Trevor Project: Support and Crisis: (LGBTQIA+)
Talk with a counselor 24/7 via online chat, text, or phone
Call at 1-866-488-7386 (Text ‘START’ to 678-678)
TransFamily NWPA (LGBTQIA+)
Group meetings (zoom) are held on the 4th Saturday of each month from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.
Zoom link- Contact Dana at: [email protected]