Boulder Non-Profit Releases Song to Assist with Emotional Recovery for Community Traumatized by Floods

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The Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR) assist those suffering from recent floods.

The Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR), a non-profit that combines cutting-edge brain research with clinical practice to assist those suffering from trauma and attachment disorders, released a song today on YouTube designed to help with the emotional recovery of a community traumatized by the recent Boulder floods.

The effort was inspired by BIPR volunteer Melody (last name omitted for anonymity), whose son struggled to sleep and insisted on wearing a life jacket following the devastation caused by flood waters in the Boulder area.

"Armed with the knowledge that music has long been used to help individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions, I found a song on YouTube about the Alberta floods earlier this year," said Melody. "My son listened to the song over and over, and eventually took off his life jacket."

Witnessing what the song had done for her son, and understanding the pain fellow Boulderites were experiencing, Melody contacted songwriter Blake Reid and asked him to modify his song for the Boulder community. He did just that.

In less than three days, Reid responded with a beautiful song that BIPR today released on YouTube with pictures of recovery efforts. Listen to it here:

This is one of many ways BIPR is helping its community heal. Other efforts include:

  •     Publishing tips on how to cope with trauma – these can be found online at:
  •     A free parenting talk will be held today from 6:30-8:00 p.m. entitled Helping Your Child Cope with the Flood: What to say and how to help your child deal with difficult events now and in the future, at the Wilderness Early Learning Center at 2845 Wilderness Place, Boulder.
  •     BIPR is also accepting items needed for the displaced flood victims.

Events yet to be scheduled include:

  •     A series of small group meetings for adults to help them debrief, get support from other community members and learn healthy coping mechanisms during this difficult time.
  •     The Treasure Box Project, a project that allows displaced children to create their own treasure box. Having a small, special box they can take from place-to-place helps displaced children feel more grounded.

Songwriter Blake Reid comes from a five generation farm family, and writes music about his life and home. Hell or High Water was originally written as a response to the courage and determination coming from Albertans to help those displaced by flood waters.

The Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR) connects children, parents, educators, and mental health practitioners to the resources they need to successfully foster, develop and become resilient individuals. With expertise in trauma and attachment disorders and a commitment to combining cutting-edge brain research with clinical practice for children and adults. For more information visit:

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