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Psychosocial support - guidance for providers

*Please note this information was published in May 2017 and may be subject to change*

 

A multi-agency team of mental health professionals have worked together to devleop a guidance pack for providers/professionals on how to help people over the weeks immediately after the Manchester terror incident.  

 

Advice on supporting children and young people:

 

Important points for all

Everyone reacts differently to a traumatic event but it is important that all those affected have access to someone to talk to and that those more significantly affected are identified and treated over time.  However, these key points provide some general advice for all: 

  • Normalise responses to traumatic events.
  • Communicate effectively and regularly.
  • Make space and time to talk.
  • Leaders should be visible.
  • Keep messages consistent.
  • Immediately after a traumatic event, children, young people and adults benefit most from general support and do not benefit from psychological therapy including counselling, as this could impair resilience building.
  • Identify those most vulnerable to developing post traumatic mental health needs and provide additional support and monitoring
  • Many children and adults do not go onto develop mental health conditions and recover naturally. However, if symptoms are severe or continue beyond four weeks further specialist mental health advice should be sought (guidance for professionals will be shared soon.)
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