Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

A man and two women place roses at names on the 9/11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the victims of the February 26, 1993 bombing.
Flowers are placed on the 9/11 Memorial during the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing anniversary ceremony. Photo by Jin Lee.

A panel of experts and clinicians in the field of trauma, grief and disaster mental health are convening next month at Rutgers University as part of a symposium examining communities devastated by mass violence and terrorism.

Voices of September 11th announced it is hosting the annual symposium at the New Jersey university on April 6. The organization said families of the state’s 749 victims of 9/11 as well as rescuers and survivors stand to benefit from attending the conference. To register and for more information, visit voicesofseptember11.org or call (203) 966-3911.

Topics discussed at the symposium will include coping with secondary traumatic stress after a disaster and trends in physical and mental health treatment.

"The saying ‘time heals all wounds’ is an insufficient view for those impacted by terrorism and mass violence," said Mary Fetchet, founding director of Voices, who lost her son, Brad, in the 2001 terror strikes at the World Trade Center. "It’s a lifelong journey, and individuals require ongoing information about building resilience."

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