Grenfell Tower: Thousands of people seeking treatment for mental health issues after the fire

Thousands of people seeking treatment for mental health issues after the fire

Roughly 11,000 people are expected to be affected by the tower fire in terms of their mental health

Monday, October 30, 2017

A doctor has said the mental health response in the wake of the fire in Grenfell Tower is the biggest in Europe.

The number of people affected by the blaze in June is predicted to exceed 11,000.

London health professionals have estimated not all of this number will seek treatment, while the fire will have served to be triggering for others.

Dr John Green, a psychologist, said this need had transformed the Central and Northwest London NHS Trust into what he said was “the largest trauma service” in the country.

In the months after the incident, more than 1,300 people have been seen for post-traumatic stress disorder at the trust, or for physical health problems.

Dr Green, who serves as the clinical director at the NHS Mental Health response for Grenfell Tower, called it the biggest programme in Europe to deal with the situation.

At least 80 people died after the fire engulfed the tower in June.