Coping Resources, Tips for Talking to Children, Commemoration Events & Joint Statement from Mayor Davis & City Manager Healy in Response to Marathon Tragedy and Subsequent Events


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Coping Resources and Tips for Talking with children about the Tragedy:

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. The Cambridge Public Health Department has developed a list of local resources and tip sheets to help aid the recovery process.

Cambridge Health Alliance Resources for Coping with the Tragedy:

Marathon Victims & Families: For victims and immediate family members in need of services, call 617-343-1373.

Call Riverside Trauma Center at 855-279-0632 to Get Emotional Support for Coping with
the Boston Marathon Bombings
Riverside Trauma Center has already responded to a large number of requests for assistance from schools, communities, businesses, and families that were impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings. While the City of Boston has resources in place to support its residents and businesses, the Commonwealth has asked Riverside to support communities outside of Boston. Anyone outside of Boston who continues to experience strong reactions to the bombings (e.g., anxiety, inability to sleep, etc.) is encouraged to call Riverside Trauma Center toll free at 855-279-0632 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a special hotline dedicated to assisting people in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Callers will be provided with telephone support along with referrals for additional services, including support groups specific to the bombings and/or individual counseling.

Statement from Mayor Henrietta Davis & City Manager Robert W. Healy Related to Marathon Tragedy & Subsequent Events:

Over the past week, our community as a whole has suffered great pain and loss. Cambridge is grieving with all Americans and as part of the global community over what happened at the Boston Marathon last week.

On Thursday night (Apr. 18), our community was faced with further sadness over the vicious killing of Officer Sean Collier of the MIT Police Department. Officer Collier’s life was lost in the line of duty. He died serving our city and MIT and helping to keep us all safe. The City of Cambridge stands with MIT as we continue to mourn and remember Officer Sean Collier. We thank him for his bravery and his service.

Our city also extends its utmost gratitude to all of our very professional and dedicated public safety officials who devoted countless hours keeping us safe.

We also thank city and school administration, human services and public health officials who helped shepherd us through these days of terror and loss

Now it is time to heal, and to help with that process the City is responding in several ways:

Our schools have been working hard to ensure that students return to safe, supportive schools.  On Sunday, Apr. 21, the Superintendent posted this message on the School’s website:

The Cambridge Human Services Department has been providing its staff with appropriate resources and preparing them to work with their programs’ young people in age appropriate ways.

The Public Health Department has posted on its website resources for coping with the past week’s events:

In the days ahead, we will continue to honor the memory of those who were lost and support all of those still healing.  We are proud of how our citizens have responded in the face of these difficult times. We’re always impressed at how our city comes together in times of crisis, whether it is people in city government, people in the community, or people in local businesses.

Henrietta Davis, Mayor                                         Robert W. Healy, City Manager

FBI Tips Website and Phone Number
If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them to the FBI at No piece of information or detail is too small.
You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, with information.

Cambridge Events in Commemoration of Boston Marathon Tragedy 

Memorial Service for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier Wednesday, Apr. 24
MIT will host a memorial service Wednesday, Apr. 24, at noon, on Briggs Field to honor MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was shot in the line of duty last Thursday. The event will be open to the MIT community and to law enforcement officers from across the nation. Top state and federal officials will also be invited to the event which is expected to draw up to 10,000 attendees.
Link here to MIT News Story with more details.

Cambridge Observes Moment of Silence for Marathon Victims Monday, Apr. 22 at 2:50 p.m.
On Monday, Apr. 22 at 2:50 p.m., the City of Cambridge will observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the tragedies last week that began at the Boston Marathon. At approximately 2:52 p.m., the City Hall bells will ring for four minutes in memory of the four casualties from this tragedy. Please join us in this special tribute.

Candlelight Vigil Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m.
The City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Black Pastors’ Association will hold a Candlelight Vigil Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 7 p.m., on the steps of City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave., to offer comfort and support to those impacted by the tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon.


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