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First responders, including emergency service workers, affected by a terrorist attack can access a wide range of support.
Support at work
As a first responder, you should have access to support through your employer’s occupational health services or employee assistance programme. To find out more you can talk to your line manager or human resources department.
Support outside work
If you are concerned about your physical or mental health and prefer to get support outside work, you can:
- contact the NHS psychological therapy service to self-refer in your local area
- read the NHS trauma leaflet that outlines common reactions and gives simple instructions on how to cope
- contact your GP
Support for all emergency service staff
You can call the Mind Blue Light Infoline, which offers confidential, independent, practical support and advice on mental health and wellbeing. This line is only for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families.
0300 303 5999 (local rates)
Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Local services provided by Mind also offer trauma-focused workshops and face-to-face support for emergency service staff and volunteers.
You can contact Samaritans if you need someone to talk to.
116 123 (free call)
Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For face to face visits, go to the Samaritans website to find your nearest branch.
Support for police and fire staff
If you are a line manager in a police force or fire service, you can access the online resource website Oscar Kilo.