Few Marathon bombing survivors taking advantage of help

Runners approach the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a midpoint of a 5K race, on Boston Marathon weekend, Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Boston. The 118th Boston Marathon is scheduled to run on Patriots Day, Monday, April 21. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have been slow to take advantage of programs meant to help them cope with what experts call “invisible injuries.”

Just a portion of 240 qualifying survivors have participated in services offered through the One Fund Center, which was launched in September to address anxiety, stress and other unseen wounds including eyesight and hearing problems.

The Massachusetts Resiliency Center has been offering behavioral health services to the scores of people affected by the attacks — regardless if they were physically hurt or not.

But it says it’s only seen a few hundred people since it opened last October.

Although the centers have funding for at least two years, organizers say it may be years before many understand the emotional toll and decide to seek help.

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