• Simplify your schedule before and several days after the anniversary.
  • Limit media exposure to coverage of the bombing—TV, radio or newspapers.
  • Schedule time with those you find supportive.
  • Expect yourself to have reactions that mimic your reaction from a year ago, and know these are predictable and shouldn’t worry you. Remember what coping has worked for you in the past and implement those skills.
  • If you have children in your life, speak with them in age appropriate ways about what they may experience. Know that behavioral regression in children is common as an anniversary reaction.

Mental Health volunteers will be at the tribute at the Hynes Convention Center today, and stationed throughout the course on Marathon Monday. They’ll have mental health resource cards with them, should you need someone to talk to.

People needing extra support are encouraged to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746, or to call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 1-800-847-0710. Those experiencing acute psychiatric distress can call the B.E.S.T. Team at 1-800-981-4357.