Some common reactions are to feel angry, fearful, anxious or stressed. Others might feel extremely sad or hopeless.
If you have existing mental health problems, events like these could trigger them or make them harder to deal with.
But there is no one way to react to trauma, and however you are feeling the important thing to remember is this is ok. These are normal reactions to terrible circumstances.
That doesn’t mean they are not hard to cope with though.
Here are some resources you might find helpful if you are struggling over the next few days or weeks.
You could try someone of our tips on coping with stress or watch this video on relaxation. If you’re feeling angry, and are struggling to cope with it, this info might be helpful. If you’re feeling uneasy, worried or fearful, take a look at our info on coping with anxiety and panic attacks.
In many people stressful or tragic events can cause their mood to drop suddenly. Our info on depression self-care might help you if this is how you are feeling right now.
Traumatic events can trigger thoughts about harming yourself, hurting others or ending your life.
We have been asked a lot this morning about PTSD and whether those present at last night’s events are at risk.
While it is impossible to speculate on the lasting impact to specific individuals, especially since everyone will react so differently, the Royal College of Psychiatrists have some information on the immediate impact of a traumatic event, which can tell you more about what to expect, and how to look after yourself.
If you already have a diagnosis of PTSD, it is understandable that memories and feelings from your own experiences might be on your mind more over the next few days or weeks. It may be helpful to take a look at our information on self-care.
We know that many of the people affected are young people or children who are particularly vulnerable.
Info for parents
Info for young people
We know that many people from fire, ambulance and police services will have been working during both incidents. It is really important that you look after your own emotional wellbeing too.
Our Blue Light information resources might be helpful. We have a dedicated Infoline on 0300 303 5999 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm) if you’d like some information or support too.
This service is open to colleagues and family members too, and doesn’t need to be about a recent incident.