Center to offer counseling in wake of Virginia mass shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach will be opening a community center in October to provide free mental health counseling and other services to people impacted by a mass shooting earlier this year.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the “VB Strong Center” is being funded through a federal grant.

Erin Sutton is director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management. She says many city workers are still on edge after the May 31 shooting. A city employee fatally shot 12 people inside a municipal building before being shot and killed by police.

Other services the center will offer include support groups, meditation and yoga classes.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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