The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service is a free and confidential service provided by the NHS for children and adults affected the Grenfell fire in June 2017. Anyone suffering from fear and anxiety, wanting to talk and not have anyone to share your feelings with, get easily startled and agitated, experience vivid images of the event, have disturbed sleep and nightmare, feel emotionally numb, become reliant on alcohol and drug, and a whole load of other symptoms seek help. If you know of people who are suffering and may think that they just have to get along with life and it could have been worse, then encourage them to take up the support that is available.
Too often mental health issues are dismissed are over reactions and blame the victim for being inadequate. Experiencing fear, anxiety, feeling low, feeling hyped up and jumpy may not disappear over time. No one should let symptoms carry on for a few weeks without seeking help. It cannot hurt to self refer and see what is available.
There are a range of therapies available: talking therapies, trauma therapies, trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement desensitisation reprocessing, narrative exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, bereavement counselling and arts psychotherapies. An expert will assess conditions and work with people to agree a plan of action.
Let people know this is support is available and details can be found at www.greenfellwellbeing.com