City offers free counseling for those impacted by bombing, aftermath

Apr. 23, 2013

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will offer free counseling to anyone affected by last week's attacks at a new drop-in center located at 729 Massachusetts Ave. Trained clinicians will be on-site to speak with anyone that needs to talk. It will be open daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday of this week.

The drop-in center will offer one-on-one time with trained clinicians as well as facilitation of group conversations. Groups from a particular workplace or community affected by the attack are welcome and encouraged to visit the drop-in center together.

Free parking will be available at an adjacent garage, located at 35 Northampton Street.

The Mayor’s Health Line will continue to provide free trauma counseling and support over the phone throughout the week. Please call 617-534-5050, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to speak with a trained clinician. Groups that would like to visit the drop-in center are encouraged to call the Mayor’s Health Line ahead of their visit to make sure staff can properly accommodate them. Individual visitors do not need to call ahead.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also maintains a Victim Assistance Call Center, which operates 24-hours a day, at 1-800-331-0075. To learn more about other forms of assistance being offered by the FBI, please visit their website.


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