Eagles' Haven community center opens after Parkland suicides

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By Kalhan Rosenblatt

A new community center that offers free therapeutic services opened to serve the students and families of Parkland in the wake of two apparent suicides.

Eagles’ Haven, which opened on Monday and more than a year after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 people, will offer a range of “wellness experiences” for those in need in the community.

“There are a great deal of trauma services that have been made available through a variety of agencies as well as the School District. While so much is available, people have had a hard time understanding where to go or what is right for them,” Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president and CEO of Children’s Services Council of Broward County, one of the organizations helping to develop Eagles’ Haven, said in an email to NBC News.

A press release for Eagles’ Haven says the service is “not a therapy center. It is a place for all of us to come together to rediscover wellness and restore hope.”

It was not immediately clear how long Eagles’ Haven has been in development, but Children’s Services Council of Broward County partnered with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition to provide free trauma counseling to the Parkland community since October 2018.

The opening of Eagles’ Haven comes shortly after the news of the apparent suicides.

Broward County Public Schools did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment and information about the services that were provided to students in the days, weeks, and months after the shooting.

However, a memo from the school district, first reported by BuzzFeed News, outlined what “recovery and wellness efforts” the county put forward to help students cope.

The school district said it immediately opened five locations for the Stoneman Douglas community for free mental health support in addition to consulting with other school shooting survivors and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

source: nbcnews.com