For those covering the Boston Marathon story


Friends in the media? You’re working a tough story.

The hours have been long. Some of you, to get the word out, ran toward danger. Some of you were caught between SWAT teams in Watertown as a manhunt was under way. Some of you at the finish line saw things no human should see.

You might not feel free to ask the folks in the station’s HR office for help. Your benefits at the paper might not include crisis counseling. And you still have to make deadline.

I know you’re tough. You can’t be in the biz and not be tough. But you might need someone to talk to.

Our partners at the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 (or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 if that’s your thing) are there if you need to talk. And it might not be today that you need to call. But this is a tough story — don’t be afraid to reach out if you think you need help.


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