NHS England advice: Finding mental health support services
14 June 2017
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, and the recent attacks in London and Manchester, we want to share the advice NHS England has issued on coping with stress following a major incident and on how to find mental health support services.
- It is normal to have strong emotional responses to traumatic events
- It is important to keep communicating with each other, and through support helplines
- We all need to make space and time to talk and listen
- Immediately after a traumatic event like this, most young people and adults, from all of our communities and cultures, will benefit from general support, and will not benefit from specific formal psychological therapy, including counselling
- In the immediate aftermath, do not encourage people to relive their experience, this is different to them spontaneously talking about it
- Most young people and adults do not go on to develop mental health conditions and recover naturally but if symptoms are severe or continue for more than four weeks, get in contact with your specialist mental health service, through a trusted source. For example your GP.
You can find more information on the Gov.uk website.
People living in North West London (including Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster) and Milton Keynes, can also find information about mental health support and crisis services on the CNWL website.