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Mental Health Services ‘Letting Down’ Terror Victims

Posted: 21/11/2018

Victims of terror attacks say UK mental health service provision and support needs to improve to help them through the trauma of being caught up in such events.

A new survey, carried out by group Survivors Against Terror, shows that 76 per cent suggested NHS mental health care needs to be improved. Of those asked, over 70 per cent said that the improvements required were significant, compared to just 16 per cent who thought the emergency response or support with physical injuries could be improved, the Independent reports.

Victims caught up in recent attacks in Manchester, London and overseas say that on occasions patients waited 12 months for NHS support, with some forced to turn to private treatment in order to cope. This was despite the fact that their experiences left them with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), leaving them unable to eat or sleep.

Although specialist mental health funding was available for those caught up in the Manchester bombing, this is not offered nationwide and the majority of people do still have to rely on their local mental health trusts.

“Governments promise survivors they will be looked after, but this survey shows that when it comes to mental health services they are being routinely let down,” chair of Survivors Against Terror Charlotte Dixon Sutcliffe (whose husband died in the Brussels metro bombing) commented.

This survey has unearthed shocking stories that seem increasingly like the norm: survivors forced to pay for their own treatment and long waiting lists for people who urgently need support.”

Being vigilant is a must these days, a sad mark of the times that we live in where terrorism is a very real daily threat. During October, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told the Home Affairs Committee that the number of live terror investigations in this country has now hit a record of 700 – and this is expected to rise.

Given this threat level, businesses would certainly be wise indeed to prioritise emergency preparedness & response at this time, so they fully understand their role and responsibilities in the event of an incident occurring and to minimise the risk of injury and lose of infrastructure.

Having an inefficient response or contingency plan means you’ll be unable to respond quickly enough should something happen – and this can have far-reaching consequences for any business.

If you’d like us here at HFR Solutions CIC to identify the credible risks and scenarios relevant to your

organisation, get in touch with us today.