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The Boston Public Health Commission understands that  the one year anniversary of the unexpected, traumatic events ​of April 15, 2013 ​will be challenging for many people​.

The first 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. 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 anniversary of a disaster is the hardest because there are so many unknowns regarding how to mark the event and what you will feel.

With this in mind, we are pleased to host a forum for Copley area residents, employees, and businesses aimed at teaching attendees coping strategies for dealing with trauma. This informal gathering will be led by a counselor who specializes in the field of trauma. 

Community Forum:
Friday, April 11 from ​12:00 to 2:00pm
Location: YWCA
Address: 140 Clarendon Street, Second Floor Conference Room
 
PM Drop In Counseling:
Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7pm on April 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014
Central Library, 700 Boylston Street​​​
 
The Boston Public Health Commission is pleased to provide counselors with special expertise in trauma to talk with individuals about any concerns and emotions regarding the 2014 marathon and 2013 anniversary events in the Back Bay/Copley area.  

No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for services.  Drop by anytime between 5 and 7pm on Tuesday evenings, April 8, 15, 22 and 29. If you are unable to attend the dates listed above, but still need support,​ the resources below contain information about how to cope with stress, loss and grief during this time. Also posted here is our Resource and Recovery Guide, with information on mental health and community services available to marathon survivors and their families. 


Resources:
A Year Later: Self-Care Tips for Adults Coping with Stress after a Disaster​
A Year Later: Dealing with Your Children’s Fears After a Disaster
A Year Later: Coping with the Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings
Resource and Recovery Guide