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Help and support after a traumatic incident
If you are worried about your mental health as a result of an attack please see this NHS trauma leaflet. It outlines common reactions, simple suggestions on how to cope and ways in which children may be supported.
Some of the common reactions you may experience in the days and months ahead may include:
- increased alertness for danger
- intrusive thoughts or images of the event
- avoidance of places that may remind you of the event
- memories of previous traumatic events
It is important to recognise that these are normal responses to making sense of traumatic events. While these feelings can be distressing, they will likely reduce over time. A variety of practical, emotional and social support from family and friends can be very powerful in helping to manage these difficult but normal experiences. The above NHS trauma leaflet sets out other common reactions and simple suggestions on how to cope.
If your symptoms are severe and you are in distress or they last longer than 4 weeks, please see the information below on accessing further support.
NHS Outreach, Screen and Support Service for the London incidents
The NHS Outreach, Screen and Support Service is a free NHS service to identify and provide support to those who may need help with the emotional impact of the terrorist incidents in London.
The confidential service provides screening and clinical assessments for those affected, with specialist psychologists that have experience of working with people who have been involved in traumatic events. Assessments can be offered in their offices in South and North London, over the telephone and via Skype. Their freephone number is 0800 090 2371 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to them at:
Psychological Trauma Outreach, Screen and Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents
Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
99 Denmark Hill
More information is available about the NHS Outreach, Screen and Support Service for the London incidents.
Manchester Resilience Hub
The NHS Manchester Resilience Hub has been established in response to the Manchester Arena attack. The Hub is coordinating the care and support for children, young people and adults whose mental health and/or emotional wellbeing has been affected. You can contact The Hub by phone on 03330 095 071 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or by email GM.email@example.com.
More information is available about the Manchester Resilience Hub.
More mental health support
There are mental health treatments available through the NHS to help people deal with the effects of very distressing events.
Many people do not go on to develop mental health conditions and will recover naturally. However if your symptoms are severe or continue beyond 4 weeks, this may indicate the need for support from a mental health professional.
The information on the NHS Choices website outlines possible symptoms and describes how to seek help. Please visit your GP who will be able to provide advice and refer you on to the appropriate local NHS mental health service for assessment and treatment. Children and young people may also access NHS help by visiting their GP, and schools may be able to provide support or refer them to local services.
Get more support
More information is available about support services if you have been affected by a terrorist attack.