Emotional Responses to Serious Incidents

In recent weeks many people will have been affected by the serious incidents that have taken place here in London and in Manchester. Many people even those not directly involved may experience a range of emotions and reactions. The link below provides further information about the types of reactions that people may have.


It is common for people to experience a range of emotions and changed behaviours and these reactions usually settle in time with the help and support from those around you.

To access further support:

  • An initial step can be to visit your GP to discuss your specific needs.
  • You can also self-refer into your local IAPT Psychological Therapies service by contacting them directly. Either directly from this site by clicking on your Borough label and following the links or search for ‘IAPT’ on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk for information about areas where self-referral is available, and for links into the service. Your GP will also be able to assist you with a referral.

You can also consider contacting:

  • NHS111 – about symptoms of anxiety, depression or PTSD
  • NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk

Please note that IAPT is not an emergency service. If you require urgent or immediate support, please contact your GP immediately who will be able to refer you to the most suitable services for urgent help. Alternatively, you can call the SLAM 24 hour crisis line on 0800 731 2864 or the Samaritans on 116 123.