One Week

This past week has been a tough one for all of us. Our thoughts go out to the families who are grieving the loss of loved ones and all those who are recovering from injuries.

But, a week after the Boston Marathon attacks, we are back. A week after our world was rocked by unexpected violence, days after the suspected perpetrators were apprehended and our first day back to work after what was an unprecedented week.

We will not be proceeding with business as usual. Our tasks before us may not have changed, but the experiences that we all shared last week will thread their way through our efforts henceforth.

Please consider what images and information you are consuming in the aftermath of last week. Be selective in what you consume – which images, which sources deserve your time and attention. Take care to edit. Given our proximity and the number of friends, co-workers and loved ones directly affected by this experience, you know and are surrounded by so much more than the talking heads could ever understand.

Today we observed the moment of silence at 2:50. It was just the first step on the road to recovery. That road will be a long one.

We want to make sure that all are aware of the many resources available to you, which you should avail yourself of if and when they are useful:

You can speak with a counselor on the Disaster Distress Helpline at
1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

TTY for Deaf/Hearing impaired 1-800-846-8517

Usted puede hablar con un consejero de la linea de ayuda de socorro de desatres
1-900-985-5990 o mensaje SMS Hablanos al 66746

SAMHSA guides for students, families, teachers and other caregivers as well as first responders and health professionals

Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic Events (pdf) – Riverside Trauma Center

How to Talk with Your Children about Boston Marathon Bombs – WBUR CommonHealth

Media Coverage of Traumatic Events – National Center for PTSD

5 Tips on Talking to Children About Scary News – CNN

Mayor’s Health Line: 617-534-5050

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer

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