The Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service is a free and confidential NHS service for children and adults affected by the events of the Grenfell Tower Fire
The tragic events of Grenfell Tower may be affecting you
Each person reacts to trauma in his or her own unique way.
Nonetheless, there are common reactions which many people share.
These are typical reactions after a traumatic event:
Fear and anxiety:
Sometimes these feelings occur as a result of being reminded of the trauma; at other times they seem to come “out of the blue”. Fear and anxiety can be understood as reactions to having been in or witnessed a dangerous, life-threatening situation.
Typically, after a trauma, fear and anxiety are experienced in two main ways:
a) Continuing to re-experience memories of the trauma
b) Feeling physically on the alert, hyped up and jumpy
Another common reaction to trauma is sadness, or feeling down or depressed
This may manifest as a loss of interest in people and activities you used to enjoy often follows trauma. Nothing may seem much fun to you any more.
What we do is provide psychological therapies and talking therapies aimed at helping people to cope better, feel better. Our team of therapists are experienced in supporting people who have been through a traumatic event.
What are psychological therapies?
and how do they help?
The therapy we are using to help people overcome traumatic memories.
People who witnessed and experienced the fire may be experiencing flashbacks, nightmares and unwanted memoires of the event. This can be extremely distressing and interfere with normal routines and sleep. Therapy helps to ‘process’ what has happened, so that memories intrude less as flashbacks and nightmares. Therapy will also focus on reducing general levels of anxiety and improving sleep.
Would I benefit from support?
Everyone is different and everybody reacts differently to events.
If you are not sure, you can get in touch with us and we’ll happily meet with you to discuss your situation.
This may mean, coping better with difficult and distressing feelings and memories
It’s free. It’s confidential.
It’s good to talk.
If you have been experiencing any of the following reactions for several weeks, and there is no sign of them getting better, you may benefit from seeking help:
- You want to talk about what happened and feel you don’t have anyone to share your feelings with
- You find that you are easily startled and agitated
- You experience vivid images of what you saw and have intense emotional reactions to them
- You have disturbed sleep, disturbing thoughts preventing you sleeping or dreams and nightmares
- You are experiencing overwhelming emotions that you feel unable to cope with or experience changes in mood for no obvious reason
- You experience tiredness, loss of memory, palpitations (rapid heartbeat), dizziness, shaking, aching muscles, nausea (feeling sick and diarrhoea, loss of concentration, breathing difficulties or a choking feeling in your throat or chest
- You feel emotionally numb
- Your relationships seem to be suffering since the incident
- You are worried about alcohol or drug use since the incident
- Your performance at work has suffered since the incident
We provide a range of psychological therapies and support to help you feel better if you or your children are feeling traumatised, unable to sleep, having memories or pictures of the event unexpectedly popping into your mind, or feeling anxious, stressed or worried.