FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Kristin Gumper
Director, Communication and External Affairs
WYMAN CENTER REINFORCES PEACEFUL RESPONSE;
SOLUTIONS IN THE FACE OF ST. LOUIS CRISIS
St. Louis, MO [Aug. 14, 2014] – Wyman offers the below response in relation to the recent events in St. Louis:
“As a staff and as an organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Michael Brown, as well as the people of Ferguson and surrounding areas. We have lost too many young people in our community due to ongoing violence. These types of events create physical and psychological trauma that lead to a socially toxic environment, and as a community, we need to do whatever it takes to break the cycle,” said David Hilliard, President and CEO of Wyman Center.
“The first step is calling for a peaceful response, and most importantly, supporting the community as residents recover from the rippling effects,” added Hilliard. “We’ve got to address the underlying issues and be prepared to build the future we wish to see. We join with our partner organizations in a united effort to provide parents, educators and community leaders with the resources they need to support children during this tumultuous time.”
The St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund is offering immediate mental health services for children and families impacted by the recent events:
- The Fund will be providing group crisis support services on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Additional sessions may be added based on the needs of the community. No appointment is necessary. To learn more, visit www.keepingkidsfirst.org.
- For immediate mental health assistance, County residents are encouraged to contact the St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline at 314-628-2929. The Helpline is staffed by mental health professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
About Wyman Center
Wyman, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit and proud member of the United Way, partners with communities to provide teens with the support and opportunities they need to survive and thrive in life. Wyman’s innovative programs are powerful and effective, and the staff is highly acclaimed and committed to preparing today’s youth. For more information, visit www.wymancenter.org, contact Wyman at (636) 938-5245 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.