Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Coping with Trauma and Resiliency

Yesterday was a tragic day across this nation and for the city of Boston, my hometown. I have attended the marathon and been out in the city during this celebratory occasion. There is a feeling of happiness and comradely that is indescribable. Though it was a tragic event, we must look for the positives. As you watch the news, if you must, remember the words of Fred Rogers’ (Mr. Rogers) mother: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” The first responders yesterday included trained personnel, such as police, doctors, and military, but also untrained civilians responding to those in need.

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I, like many of my readers, am a responder too. I am in the schools as a school psychologist. I interact with students, staff, and families who will all be affected by this unfortunate event. I am thankful for the support network I have built through my education and colleagues. I have been flooded with incredible resources that I will share with you here. Please take these and read. Find a way to help other cope, practice self-care, and prepare for the next tragedy that will inevitably, but unfortunately, strike our nation.



Emotional Well-Being
Additional resources and resources in other languages can be found here.

As we move forward from this event, focus on the victims, those in need, the first responders. These individuals are the people that need our support and attention. We always believe that justice will make the pain go away, but we will never completely forget or heal. Boston will always have a scar on its heart, as will mine.

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Boston is a tough and resilient town, so are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city, and as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way. 
                                                        - President Barack Obama 
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Stay strong and carry on.

Until next thyme,


  1. Well said and thank you for sharing. I hope that a lot of people utilize the resources you have provided.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Indeed, anxiety can dramatically increase after an incident, such as the bombing, and people can become paranoid. It’s important for the people who were affected whether directly or indirectly by this incident to have someone who will acknowledge the feelings that they are experiencing. They should have someone to talk to about their fears and someone whom they trust to ask for help. This can be done by gathering them as a small group with a counselor to help facilitate the sharing.

    Grace Tomas-Tolentino