Yesterday’s two bomb explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon struck a nerve for people all over the country. Clayton State University was no different, as former Laker cross country and track distance runner and Clayton State alumnus Luis Monge was in attendance at the race. Fortunately, Monge posted a notice on his Facebook page shortly after the incident that he was taking a bus back to the Hopkinton starting line of the race when the explosions happened.
While Monge was able to avoid the trauma of two bombs exploding at the finish line of the greatest of all footraces, hundreds were not, and hundreds more were also affected by the events of Apr. 15, 2013. As a result, Dr. Christine Smith, director of Clayton State’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, offers the following links on stress and coping with the aftermath of the bombing that might be helpful to anyone affected.
Understanding traumatic stress: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/recovering-disasters.aspx
For veterans: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/page s/terrorism-war-affect-vets.asp
For individuals with children: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/talking_to_children_about_the_bombing.pdf