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Mental health and wellbeing: Responding to Manchester's terror attack

Following the 22 May terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, we have developed a series of key messages and support pathways to promote to staff and those across the system in Greater Manchester and the North. These have been created to promote resilience and to support people who may have been affected.

Key Messages

The key messages for promoting resilience are also available on the Greater Manchester and Social Care Partnership website.

  • It is normal to have strong emotional responses to traumatic events.
  • It is important to keep communicating with each other, and to use support helplines.
  • We all need to make space and time to talk and listen.
  • Immediately after a traumatic event like this, most young people and adults, from all of our communities and cultures, will benefit from general support, and will not benefit from specific formal psychological therapy, including counselling.
  • In the immediate aftermath, do not encourage people to relive their experience; this is different to them spontaneously talking about it.
  • Most young people and adults do not go on to develop mental health conditions and recover naturally. BUT, if symptoms are severe or continue for more than 4 weeks, get in contact with your specialist mental health service, through a trusted source (eg GP, council website).
  • An NHS leaflet, Coping with stress following a major incident, is available for use by those seeking further information.

For extra support or information please use the following contact:

MIRP helpline: 0333 009 5071
Victim Support: 0808 168 911

Post incident support pathways

Here in Manchester we have developed post-incident support pathways for both adults and children and young people. These have recently been adopted in London following the 3rd June incident at London Bridge.

Post-incident support pathways for adults 
Post-incident support pathways for children and young people

The pathways aim to help services and communities respond to the needs of those people who are experiencing distress following the attack. It describes the range of difficulties that may be experienced by people who are affected and the responses from services and the wider community that are most likely to be helpful.


This page was last updated on 19 January 2018

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