23rd May 2017
Manchester Arena Attack
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with everyone who has been affected by the tragic events at Manchester Arena on 22nd May.
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Services across Greater Manchester are operating as usual and patients, service users and carers should continue to attend appointments as planned. This is an incredibly distressing time for us all and we need to support one another as much as possible.
Our staff are working with partners across Greater Manchester to provide vital support to staff and people affected by these tragic events.
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This guidance is aimed at anyone exposed and involved with the incident at the Manchester Arena. The emotional effects will be felt by survivors, bereaved families, friends, emergency services, health care workers and the general public. If you witnessed or lost someone in the attack you will most certainly have a strong reaction. Reactions are likely to be strongest in those closest to the incident, who directly witnessed the aftermath and who were involved in the immediate care of victims.
Common reactions to traumatic events
The following responses are normal and to be expected in the first few weeks:
These responses are a normal part of recovery and are the mind’s mechanisms of trying to make sense and come to terms with what happened. They should subside over time.
What can people do to cope?
How can children be helped to cope?
When should a person seek more help?
In the early stages, psychological professional help is not usually necessary or recommended. Many people recover naturally from these events. However, some people may need additional support to help them cope. For example, young children, people who have had other traumatic events happen to them and people with previous mental health difficulties may be more vulnerable.
If about a month after the event anyone is still experiencing the following difficulties, it is a good idea to seek help:
You can access help by:
Speaking to your local GP
Accessing your local NHS psychological therapies service:
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year.
Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, for people who are struggling to cope – experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis.