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The Psychological Trauma Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents 

 Psychological support for people affected by the London terror attacks in 2017 / 2018

It is common for people who were involved in a terror attack to feel the lasting impact of this event. If you or your friends and family were affected by a London terror attack in 2017 / 2018 the NHS can offer you specialist support 


The Psychological Trauma Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents

Psychological support for people affected by the London terror attacks in 2017/2018

What is The Psychological Trauma Outreach, Screen and Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents

Terror attacks can have a lasting impact on those who were there and those close to them. Many people find that they may struggle in the following months or even years after the event. The NHS has founded a service to help those affected.


Who is this service  for?

The service is for people affected by the 2017/18 London terror attacks at Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park, Parsons Green and Parliament Square.

This includes:

  • Survivors and their families
  • Witnesses
  • Bereaved
  • First responders


What are the possible signs that I may need support?

Following the incident you may notice that you are experiencing:

  • Unwanted distressing thoughts, memories and dreams related to the attack
  • Feelings of fear, guilt, shame, anger and irritability
  • Feel nervous and on edge in crowded places like  public transport
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Low mood
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
  • Increase use of alcohol, nicotine or drugs


What happens next?

You can self-check the impact on the terror incident on you by completing a brief screening questionnaire.

Once you have completed the questionnaire, we will contact you to let you know the outcome. If indicated, we will offer you an assessment with a specialist clinical psychologist. 

We can then arrange treatment to help you address identified difficulties.

If you would prefer to speak to someone directly, you can also contact us by phone or email.  


Who provides the service?

The service is provided by an NHS team of specialist psychologists who have experience of working with people who have been involved in traumatic events, including terror attacks.


Further information 

Visit our frequently asked questions page - click here


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Benefits:

  • Free and confidential
  • Service provided by specialist psychologists
  • Prompt comprehensive assessment of your psychological needs
  • Help to access evidence-based treatment
  • Referral to treatment with local NHS services  
  • On-going support 
  • Service is also available for first responders e.g. police, medical staff

Considerations:

  • The service is only for those affected by London terror attacks in 2017/2018 
  • There may be waiting time before treatment start