In the wake of yesterday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, various resources at Tufts have encouraged community members to reach out as they cope with their traumatic experiences.
An email from Student Services announced drop-in sessions at Counseling and Mental Health Services on Wednesday, April 17 at 5PM “to provide support and information about responding to and coping with trauma.”
The email also offered the following message and various tips, such as limiting media intake, taking good physical care of yourself, and staying in touch with friends and family:
While many people have immediate emotional reactions to trauma, others react long after the event has occurred. Emotional reactions to trauma can include feelings of anger, sadness, and fear, among others. It is also common for people to feel numb or dazed. What is important to know is that there is a wide range of reactions, and there is no right way or wrong way to feel.
In addition to the emotional reactions mentioned above, it is not unusual in the aftermath of an acute traumatic experience to have bad memories or dreams related to the event, to have some difficulty falling asleep, to have changes in appetite, concentration, and/or attention, and to be extra vigilant about people and things around you.
President Monaco, in an announcement earlier today, also wrote to “encourage you to reach out to your friends, colleagues, and others for support over the next days and weeks. Our chaplains and deans across the university, the Counseling Center on the Medford/Somerville campus, and the Employee Assistance Program are there to help you.”
Anyone feeling anxious, depressed, or are having trouble functioning as usual is encouraged to contact Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Service at 617-627-3360. For those dealing with a mental health emergency after hours, call TUPD at 617-627-3030 to be put in touch with the On Call Counselor.
Additional resources include Tufts Ears for Peers, Academic Deans, the Dean of Student Affairs office, and Chaplain’s office.
For those looking for a communal experience, a vigil titled “Peace Here and Everywhere” is being held in the Boston Common from 6 to 8PM.