Linkage Love: Help for Boston

By Valerie Heruska

As someone who lived what pretty much seemed to be the longest/most tragic week in Boston, I’ve been scouring the web to find ways that I can help others. Boston has been my home for the past two years, and I couldn’t just sit here and do nothing. There are some great resources on the web that anyone can reference, just not in times of tragedy. Special thanks to @richdecapua for sending this list to Mass NASPA members.


Coping with Disaster Resources

Explosions (section on After an Explosion)  



Coping with Disaster  



Building Your Resilience  

American Psychological Association  


Managing traumatic stress: Tips for recovering from disaster/traumatic events 

American Psychological Association                


Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster  

American Red Cross


Recovering Emotionally

American Red Cross 


Helping Children Cope with Disaster

American Red Cross/US Federal Emergency Management Agency


Disaster Distress Helpline (24/7 phone and text)

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration


The One Fund (donations)

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.



Thanks to @oberbecca for her fabulous contribution to the running community:

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon we were left wanting to join together to show our support. Some of us are runners, some are joggers, some are walkers, and some are lacing up for the first time; all of us want to #RunForBoston. Go out and run your miles or walk your block, then come back here and share your run.

These miles aren’t about raising money, but about showing our support for the runners, families, rescuers, and Bostonians. They are about being a part of something bigger than ourselves and being a part of a community. Log as many runs as you like for as long as you like, I’ll keep the form active and share totals periodically.

If you want to log your miles for charity, download the Charity Miles App. For every mile you walk or run, 25 cents will be donated to a charity you select (or 10c per mile biked).

Linkage Love: Help for Boston

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