Mental health support
The first port of call for physical, emotional or mental health needs for any resident should be their own GP, who will provide the all-important continuity of care, and will signpost to more specialist services.
If you are affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, either directly or indirectly, and in need of mental health support or psychological therapy you can call a Single Point of Access dedicated NHS response service number where you can get access to mental health support services as well as information and advice 24 hours a day.
Through the NHS 111 service, GP appointments are also available if needed at the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing Integrated Care Centre, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ.
The health outreach team is able to visit people at their place of residence, or at another location of their choosing, such as a local community centre. Non-urgent referrals can be made to the outreach team by calling 07712 231 133. This is a direct line to the team at the Grenfell Assistance Centre, who will organise a non-urgent visit. The team can visit the patient on the day of the referral or the following day. Alternatively, referrals can be emailed to email@example.com.
If you are worried about your mental health as a result of this event please see this NHS trauma leaflet (PDF, 50.2KB, 2 pages) It outlines common reactions, simple suggestions for how to cope and ways in which children may be supported to cope during the next few days.
Many symptoms may be a normal response to a terrible experience and will reduce over time. If your symptoms are severe and you are in distress or they last longer than 4 weeks, this may indicate the need for support from a mental health professional. The information on the NHS Choices website will outline possible symptoms and describe how to seek help. Please visit your GP who will be able to provide advice and refer you on to the appropriate local NHS mental health service for assessment and treatment.
If you are under 18, or concerned about someone who is under 18, please look on NHS Choices for your local children and young people’s mental health service. Children and young people may also access NHS help by visiting their GP, and schools may be able to provide support or refer them to local services.
Samaritans offers emotional support round the clock. Anyone can contact Samaritans in confidence at any time for free from any phone on 116 123 (even if you don’t have credit on your mobile). This number will not show up on your phone bill.
Mental health and emotional support for young people
The Grenfell Tower fire has left lots of young people worried and upset. If a young person in your family or who you care for has been affected, either directly or indirectly, there are lots of services available to help.
Support for children
If you are a parent, relative, friend or teacher of a child affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, you may have questions about how to support them.
You can download a leaflet which includes:
- guidance on how a child might behave or react after a tragic event
- ideas for how you can support them
- advice on explaining to a child what happened
- contact details for organisations that you can talk to
More information on supporting your children after a frightening event can be found here.
Frequently asked questions about caring for children after a tragic event can be found here.
Support over the phone
The British Red Cross helpline is also available to anyone who has been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. For practical or emotional support please call the helpline on 0800 458 9472. The line is open from 8am to 8pm.
Kooth.com is a free online counselling service for children aged 11 to 19.
NHS Go provides health information for young people under the age of 25, including advice on coping with stress after a major incident.
The Good Grief Trust aims to ensure that young people can talk to someone and get free, confidential support. A programme of events will be taking place this summer to allow young people to have fun and receive one-to-one support if they have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Details of these events will be shared in the near future.
Art Therapy sessions with fully qualified art psychotherapists are taking place at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre every Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Art therapy can be an excellent way for children and young people to address emotional issues. For more information contact Susan Rudnik at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07932 054 834.
The Big House will provide fun and high energy drama workshops at local community centres throughout the summer. They create a safe space for children and young people to explore their feelings through drama. For more details contact Dawn Howley at email@example.com.
Schools, youth clubs, play centres and children’s centres
The council is providing support in affected schools, including one to one counselling for pupils affected by the fire, and support for family members. To find out what is available at your child’s school, speak to the school office.
An extended programme of activities is available through local youth clubs and play centres, including counselling, play and art therapy and support from mental health organisations such as Place2Be and MIND.
Local children’s centres and other childcare locations are able to offer advice and support for families, including helping families access counselling services.
Support for disabled children and children with learning difficulties
Full of Life Kensington and Chelsea is providing outreach counselling to support parents with disabled children. A programme of additional short breaks is being put in place for the summer period. Please visit their website for more details.
Extra support available
If you think a child or young person is in need of more support than can be provided by the services above, you can call the dedicated NHS response line on 0800 0234 650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is available 24 hours a day. Please let the operator know you are calling as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Turning Point have a Friends and Family team in place to offer free and confidential support to people who have been affected by someone else's drinking or drug taking. Visit their website here to find a service near you.
The Advocacy Project
The Advocacy Project is an independent charity based in Ladbroke Grove providing Independent Mental Health Advocacy for residents of both Westminster and RBKC. They support residents of the borough to access mental health services, raise issues of concern with services and support people to speak up. Attached is a copy of their Book of Services, which is a guide compiled by their Different Voices group, with input from service users who access local mental health resources. The Book features local organisations and support services that have been recommended or researched by service users. It has been widely welcomed by those who have accessed support through its use and also by the people who work with service users in a variety of settings; from people in hospital to those in the community.
They have now compiled an insert to the Book of Services highlighting a number of additional services that may be of support to those affected by the Grenfell fire.
They have been consulting with Central and North West London NHS Trust to identify what additional services or resources are being considered by the Trust and to see how best residents will be able to access these services. They are aware that the list of local services continues to change, along with the needs of local residents. They are also aware that the insert is written in English and would be happy to try and identify translation resources that would be most useful for residents.