9/11 Twenty Years Later: How it Still Affects Our Mental Health

Every September we as a nation commemorate the massive loss of American lives on September 11th, 2001. We come together to honor and respect the lives lost in the attacks as well as the lives of the extremely brave first responders that were lost in attempts to save victims. Even 20 years later, the fear and grief felt that day are both still heavily prevalent. The family and loved ones of victims may still live with the grief of their loss. Citizens of heavily populated areas that were affected like New York and Washington D.C. may still live in fear of the next attack and suffer immense trauma from that day’s horrific events. Though it may feel like 20 years for some, for those affected it feels like only yesterday. It is important to know that we are not alone in our trauma, fear, and grief. Almost 3,000 lives were lost on 9/11, over 400 were first responders. Those are 3,000 sons, daughters, parents, grandparents, siblings, and spouses.

If you or a loved one are still feeling the effects of the September 11th attacks, please reach out to your local counseling agency. Therapy is extremely helpful for those suffering the grief from losing a loved one, the fear of the future, and the trauma of the past.