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Boston Marathon Recovery

May 8, 2013

The Boston Marathon bombings and the police actions that followed are traumatic events. Adults and children may experience a variety of reactions and feelings, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and sadness. Here are some local resources and tip sheets to help aid the recovery process.


Marathon Bombing Support Group Series

Session 3 start date: Thursday, June 6

Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Homicide Bereavement is offering a June session of its Marathon Bombing Support Group series for people who were injured at the marathon or in the vicinity of the finish line. The four-session support group is offered free of charge. To register, call the Center for Homicide Bereavement at 617-591-6123. 

Marathon Bombing Support Groups

Session 1 start date: May 7

Session 2 start date: May 9

Free support groups for people who were injured or in the vicinity of the marathon finish line.

Supportive Forum for Care Providers

May 13

This free evening forum is for medical and mental health providers who have provided care to people impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Cambridge Community Support Forum

May 16

This community forum is an opportunity for Cambridge residents to gather, support each other, and share their thoughts and experiences around the Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a number of resources available to those who want to help and those in need of assistance. For a complete listing, see the state's Marathon Recovery Resources web page.

For Victims of Marathon Bombing

Please provide your contact information to The One Fund Boston if you were injured, had a family member injured, or had a family member killed, in the April 15, 2013 attack on Boston, or in the related events that followed. Resources are also available to assist any home or vehicle modifications needed to facilitate a patient’s rehabilitation. There will be an expedited process for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and their families.

Crisis Counseling and Support

Events of mass violence can trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, anger or fear. Mass 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to direct you to community resources in your area. The calls are always a confidential.


Recovering Emotionally After a Disaster  (redcross.org)
Available in multiple languages.

How To Talk With Children About Boston Marathon Bombs (WBUR CommonHealth Blog)

5 Tips on Talking to Kids about Scary News

Kids and Trauma
(Resources from Children's League of Massachusetts)


Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA)

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) provides resources for victims and witnesses of the Boston Marathon bombings. Please call 617-586-1340 for further assistance and referrals or visit the MOVA website.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Many workplaces offer an employee assistance program (EAP) through their human resources department. These programs support employees and their families at all times, and can be an excellent resource following a traumatic event.

Cambridge Health Alliance

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) departments of Adult and Child/Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry are available to people directly affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. You do not need to be a CHA patient or live in the CHA service area to receive services if you were impacted by the bombings.

CHA has expertise in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and operates the Victims of Violence Program, which regularly treats families of homicide victims, victims of crime, victims of interpersonal violence, and community trauma.

For Adult Psychiatry, CHA offers the following:

  • Community meetings to support positive coping of adults and help children achieve resilience
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Family therapy in conjunction with Child Psychiatry
  • Outreach visits to hospitalized or homebound clients wishing to engage in psychiatric treatment
  • Psychopharmacology services
For adult outpatient psychiatry referrals and inquiries, contact Dr. Ruth Barron at 617-591-6462.

For Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance offers the following:
  • Quick access psychiatric evaluation
  • Trauma counseling and support
  • Family therapy in conjunction with Adult Psychiatry
For child outpatient psychiatry referrals and inquiries, contact Judith Howe, LICSW, at 617-665-2418.

For emergency situations, contact CHA Psychiatric Emergency Service (617-665-1560) or call 911.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery
330 Brookline Ave., East Campus/Rose 200
Boston MA 02215
(617) 667‐8141

Boston Medical Center: Child Witness to Violence Program
1 Boston Medical Center Place
Boston MA 02118
(617) 414-4244

Cambridge Health Alliance: Victims of Violence Program
Center for Homicide Bereavement
26 Central St.
Somerville MA 02143
(617) 591‐6360

Justice Resource Institute
The Trauma Center
1269 Beacon Street
Brookline MA 02446
(617) 232‐1303

Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley
Victim Compensation and Assistance program
The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Victim Compensation Fund
1 Ashburton Place
Boston Massachusetts 02108
(617) 727‐2200
Hotline: For Victim Compensation: (617) 727‐2200 ext: 2160

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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