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What are your suggestions on dealing trauma from violence?


Violence is traumatic and it's important that we take really good care of ourselves and each other at a times like this. At the community reflection meeting following the shooting on Boylston Street last month, we learned the importance of drinking lots of water and avoiding stimulants and depressants like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. The reason behind this is to create a stable and level chemical level (or something like that) in our body as we begin to process the thoughts and emotions that coincide with violence.

The Boston Police Department Homicide Unit has links to helpful resources.

Let's discuss:
  • What suggestions do you have to help deal with trauma?
  • What support resources are you aware of in JP to get help if you or someone you know needs some support?

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Comment by Captain John Greland on November 22, 2010 at 1:31pm
Comment by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on November 22, 2010 at 9:24am
Here is a great resource guide from the Boston Public Health Commission for dealing with trauma.
Comment by Eileen McMahon on November 22, 2010 at 7:49am
We live around the corner from Same Old Place and were unable to park at our car last night because our street was blocked off when we arrived home. My 9 year old who attends the Curley School is traumatized. She is pleading with me to move, but I told her you can escape violence in America. Too many people have guns!

I'll e-mail her teacher and principle make them aware that other children who live in the neighborhood are probably traumatized too.

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