Coping with the emotional impacts of a major incident

Recent UK terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy have brought sharply into public consciousness the extreme distress that traumatic injury and death can create for people caught up in a major incident.

No-one is immune to the emotional and psychological impact of traumatic events.  It is very common for patients, family members, and sometimes even witnesses to have strong emotional reactions to a traumatic injury. Clinicians can also be impacted and can also need support processing their feelings and experiences.

NHS England has developed an advice sheet on how to recognise and cope with stress in the aftermath of a traumatic event, including a description of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.  While this has been produced in reaction to recent major incidents in the UK, it has broader relevance to all patients and staff in trauma networks.

Download the pamphlet 'Coping With Stress After A Major Incident'

There is more information about coping with post-trauma difficulties and stress, including organisations that can help, elsewhere on the AfterTrauma website


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