Terrorism and Major Incidents

Terrorist attacks can be unpredictable and can strike at any time and any place without warning. They are designed to influence the government, or an international governmental organisation or to create fear among the public.

The process of coming to terms with what has happened can be complex and varied, and may involve a range of reactions and emotions. Some examples of these include racing heart/rapid breathing, cold sweats/sweaty palms, overwhelming sadness, anger, guilt or hypervigilance.

Some people can suffer from prolonged, severe, debilitating and overwhelming symptoms, such as depression and an inability to cope with daily life.

People’s feelings and reactions are not static and can change from day to day, they are likely to be affected emotionally, psychologically, practically and financially.

We can give you the support and information you need to move forward after a terrorist attack. Regardless of whether the incident took place in the UK our caseworkers are specially trained to listen and understand.

Most people who are affected by crime want to talk to someone about what has happened and how they’re feeling. Friends and family can be very helpful, but our support workers are specially trained to listen and understand.

What you can do after a crime:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Grounding techniques
  • Journaling and keeping a diary
  • Practice mindfulness