Below are some resources that may be helpful to the CMU community as we move through the days after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
Trauma Response Information:
The Mindfulness Room will host a 30-minute Space for Stillness event each day this week through Friday from 12:30-1 p.m. This is an open event where students can come together to simply sit and chat, focus on breath work, convene a meditation, or participate in a progressive muscle relaxation exercise. It will be hosted by Angie Lusk and Shirli Nikolsburg. The Mindfulness Room is located on the ground floor of West Wing.
- Counselors Available for the Community is available on a drop-in basis in room 202 at the Jewish Community Center and by appointment at the Jewish Family and Community Services through November 3. Phone number is 412-422-7200.
- Cognitive Dynamic Therapy Associates in Oakland will offer a free support group on November 7 at 6 p.m. The clinic is located at 155 North Craig Street. Phone number 412-687-8700.
- Jewish Family and Community Services is offering alternative therapy (Reiki, acupuncture, prayer, yoga) at the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 1 and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 2.
- Jewish Family and Community Services has partnered with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape to staff a 24-hour "warm" line for anyone who needs to express feelings and talk about mental health following the mass shooting. The phone number is 1-866-363-7273.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (AMHSA) offers a Disaster Distress Helpline providing 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Ways to Get Involved or Help
- The American Red Cross has planned a blood drive for Friday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the William Pitt Union on Pitt's campus in Oakland. Anyone who wants to donate should make an appointment. Use the code PITT.
- Write a letter of support to victim’s families.
- Attend The Music of Billy Strayhom benefit concert on Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m.
- Attend the Fundraiser for Tree of Life and the Community of Squirrel Hill on Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m.
- Attend the If Not Now, When? open-mic benefit on Friday, November 2, at 8:30 p.m.
5 Things You Should Know About CaPS
1. All students currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh campus are eligible for services at CaPS at no additional cost to them.
2. All services are confidential.
3. CaPS is one of many support resources on campus available to help CMU students with a range of struggles. We can help you identify what resources are the best fit for your needs.
4. You are not alone! CaPS sees about 14% of the student population each year. These are undergraduate and graduate students who at some point throughout the year decided to seek help with their struggles.
5. Asking for help is a sign of psychological strength, not weakness. At some point in life, most of us will experience some psychological hardship that could benefit from professional support. Asking for help when needed can result in a faster and more long-lasting recovery.