Marathon bystanders deal with mental health issues


BOSTON (AP) — In the year since the Boston Marathon bombings, hundreds of people have taken advantage of a range of programs offered to help them deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

Some of the services offered at Boston-area hospitals were covered through an initiative funded in part by the state's Office for Victim Assistance. The city is also offering free counseling sessions to help residents cope with the upcoming anniversary.

Nicole O'Neil was standing about 150 feet from where the second bomb detonated. She wasn't physically injured, but a year later, the 34-year-old Charlestown photographer says she hasn't fully recovered.

O'Neil spent a few months in private counseling before finding support groups, individual therapy and other mental health services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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