Being able to have an open conversation with another survivor of mass violence was incredible. Amy has insight into resilience that not many others have, and not only is she a wealth of knowledge, but she is also a beacon hope that it does get better.
Heather Martin, Executive Director of The Rebels Project, peer support for survivors of mass violence
Amy O’Neill is not only a captivating speaker, she is an articulate and masterful communicator on why reframing resiliency is paramount in today’s world. Amy has been in the health care space for decades and being a survivor of the Boston Marathon has given her the first hand experience along with the expertise to be THE person talking about resilience in a way that can help so many people who struggle with any kind of trauma.
I have been a police officer and Captain for thirty-five years, in Watertown, Massachusetts. The town where the gun fight and battle resulted in the capture of the two Boston Marathon Bombers.
Through this experience I have come to know Amy O’Neill. As a survivor herself who was hit by an IED at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, she is more than an academic who read about it, she is one of us who has lived it and survived it.
Through many contacts and programs we have attended with Amy to deal with some of the lasting effects of such trauma, Amy O’Neill understands the police and first responder perspective. Most police officers and first responders will not talk unless it is to someone with “credibility”. A word that fellow officers know exactly what I mean. Amy O’Neill is one of those people. Amy O’Neill has helped us through it. She may not have a badge, but, she has lived it, survived it and she has “credibility”.
Captain Raymond Dupuis, Bureau of Field Operations Watertown Police Department Watertown, Massachusetts