Terror attacks can be traumatic for all those involved, either directly or indirectly, 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
- nightmares or difficulty sleeping
- loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies and activities
These are normal reactions to a traumatic event and typically improve in the days and weeks following the incident. However, for some people, they can last longer and have an impact on your day to day life and wellbeing.
Survivors of Terrorism Support Service
Our Survivors of Terrorism Support Service is for adults affected by terror attacks that have occurred in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland-related terrorism). This includes those who:
- witnessed the attack or heard about the attack from a loved one
- were injured, or had a family member/close friend injured
- lost a family member/close friend
- were first responders
To request support from the Survivors of Terrorism Support Service, please fill out one of these questionnaires:
Referral link for professionals
After you have completed the questionnaire, we will contact you to discuss support options. This may include a clinical assessment by video call or telephone. In some cases, we may offer face to face appointments.
Additional advice and support
Victims of crime, including terror attacks, can contact the Victim Support Helpline 08 08 16 89 111.
Anyone struggling with their mental health who is not directly affected by terror attacks can contact their GP, call NHS 111, or self-refer to their local NHS talking psychological therapies service.
If you are struggling to keep yourself or others safe please visit our support in a crisis page.
Survivors of terror attacks may find it useful to look at the Coping with Trauma workbook at www.good-thinking.uk or to see our leaflets on coping with trauma below.
Leaflets on coping with trauma
About the Survivors of terrorism support service
Helping primary school age children following a terror attack
Helping young people after a terror attack
Coping with the anniversary of a terror incident
Coping with drugs and alcohol after a terror incident