Earlier this year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh proclaimed April 15th “One Boston Day,” to honor the resiliency, generosity and strength of the City of Boston. The day will be an opportunity to recognize the good in our community and reflect on the spirit of grace exhibited by the people of Boston in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15, 2013. The new tradition will honor the strength of our city, its people and their acts of goodness toward one another.
The Boston Public Health Commission understands that the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy may bring up many different emotions for survivors, loved ones of victims, and those who witnessed the event, particularly in light of the ongoing trial and the upcoming 2015 marathon. While some of these emotions may be positive (gratitude for the help received that day and the outpouring of support and contributions worldwide), it is very normal and expected to experience feelings of distress about the event. Often, the first few anniversaries of a disaster are the hardest because there are so many unknowns regarding how to mark the event and what you will feel. Other events like birthdays and holidays may also trigger similar feelings of distress. It is important to know what to expect and how to manage your stress around anniversaries and other “trigger” events.
If you need help finding a counselor or a mental health clinician, call the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) at 844-878-MOVA (878-6682) or the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or Toll-Free at 1-800-847-0710. The resources below also contain information about how to cope with stress, loss and grief during this time.
Self-Care Tips for Adults Coping with Stress after a Disaster
Dealing with Your Children’s Fears After a Disaster
Coping with the Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings