In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013, we wanted to provide a brief list of resources for talking with children about traumatic events and how to manage your own reactions to trauma. One of the most important things we can do as adults is monitor our own response to these disturbing events. If we practice good self-care and take positive action, we will set a powerful example.
If your anxious or “down” feelings don’t go away or are so intense that they interfere with your daily life, seek the help of a mental health professional. This may be especially important for those who live with depression, substance abuse problems, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
You can speak with a counselor on the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
TTY for Deaf/Hearning impaired 1-800-846-8517.
Usted puede hablar con un consejero de la linea de ayuda de socorro de desatres 1-800-985-5990 o mensaje SMS Hablanos al 66746.