Professionals express fear over Grenfell Tower survivors' mental health during holiday period

Professionals express fear over Grenfell Tower survivors' mental health during holiday period

The Central and North West London NHS Trust reports it has seen more than 1,800 people enter its programme for PTSD since the fire

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Health professionals have expressed fears about survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster suffering from health issues over the Christmas holiday period.

The NHS is drafting in extra mental health staff over Christmas amid worries it could prove to be a different time for the families of the victims and those who remain in temporary accommodation.

The Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWLT) reports it has seen more than 1,800 people enter the screen and treat programme for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the tower fire on June 14. 

Some are reportedly not ready to start treatment, while others are reluctant to start therapy without a stable, permanent home.

The news comes ahead of a memorial service on Thursday to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral for the 71 people who died.

Robyn Doran, the chief operating officer for CNWLT, told the Press Association events like this could “trigger things” for people.

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