Boston Marathon Tragedy: Providing Psychological First Aid

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Boston Marathon Tragedy: Providing Psychological First Aid to Those Affected

SAMHSA Disaster Kit

In the aftermath of the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon, people will need mental health support as much as medical support. Therefore, it's crucial to help medical professionals, first responders, family members, and victims both administer or receive the proper psychological first aid.

This mental health awareness toolkit provides first responders—whether they are disaster response workers, parents, caregivers, or teachers—with specific tips for responding effectively to people in the wake of a disaster. The information is meant to help alleviate painful emotions and promote hope and healing.

Get the Disaster Response Kit

Additional Resources


Crisis Counseling via Phone or Text

The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS—text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals who provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

Call 1-800-985-5990 | Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746

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