5 November 2021

It’s Guy Fawkes Day and there may be fireworks and bonfires on display tonight and over the weekend.

Not everyone will want to participate and some of the sights and sounds may cause people to relive frightening feelings and memories, triggering their bodies’ fight or flight response, causing increased heart rate and heightened awareness. It is important to be prepared.

We advise that people to be aware of events going on in their local area and around them, and decide on what they want to do. Some may want to participate, others may not.

If you experience feelings like these please remember:

Although panic attacks are frightening, they're not dangerous. An attack won't cause you any physical harm, and it's unlikely that you'll be admitted to hospital if it happens. 

  • Stay where you are, if possible
  • Breathe slowly and deeply
  • Remind yourself that the attack will pass
  • Focus on positive, peaceful and relaxing images

Remember it isn't life threatening.

If you find it particularly difficult, please get in touch with the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service. We can help.

You can:

  • Call us direct on 020863 76279 everyday from 8am to 8pm
  • Refer yourself to our service on our website www.grenfellwellbeing.com
  • Speak to your NHS therapist (if you are seeing or have seen someone)

Overnight (after 8pm) please call the CNWL Urgent Advice Line on 0800 0234650 

Other non NHS support available

SHOUT – Anyone going through a crisis and needing support can text Shout to 85258

Samaritans – Call 116 123 (free, 24/7 confidential support)