Terror attacks can be traumatic for all those involved and can have a lasting psychological impact.
Although people can respond to trauma differently, common reactions include:
feelings of fear, anger, shame and guilt
unwanted distressing thoughts or memories of the incident
loss of interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities
These reactions are normal and typically improve in the days and weeks following the trauma. However, for some, they will persist and have an impact on functioning and wellbeing.
The NHS is offering a dedicated confidential mental health service to coordinate the care and support for adults affected by the 2019 London Bridge terror attack, whose mental health and/or emotional wellbeing has been affected.
The Outreach and Screen Service is provided by a team of specialist psychologists who have helped people affected by the terror attacks in Tunisia and Paris in 2015, in Brussels in 2016, and in London in 2017. Watch this video about the service:
Address: Psychological Trauma Outreach, Screen and Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents, Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, 99 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AZ
Service opening times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
If you want support with your mental health but you were not directly affected by the 2019 London Bridge terror attack please contact your GP or visit the NHS website.
After a major incident, a coroner’s inquest is commonly held. Inquests can cause additional distress to those affected by the incident. Please see our information for suggestions for coping and further resources for support around an inquest.