If you or your children need help and support to come to terms with recent tragic events, or if you're not sure how to talk about it, this information may help.

Concerns about yourself or a child?

Our thoughts are with the families affected by recent tragic events in England. Anyone who witnessed the incidents or their immediate aftermath will undoubtedly be feeling stressed or upset.

If you have concerns about yourself or a child you should contact your GP for support or phone the NHS 24 111 serivce if your GP practice is closed.

NHS inform

NHS inform has a range of information from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to coping with grief.

Talking to children

Many young people across Scotland and the UK will have seen on social media and on the news, images we would all hope they would never see in person and which may have caused many to feel particularly vulnerable.

The following organisations can provide specialist advice and support.

Young Scot

Young Scot provide guidance and advice to young people feeling worried or concerned about events currently happening around the world.

Children 1st

Parentline is Scotland’s free helpline, email and webchat service, for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. Call free 08000 28 22 33 (Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm).

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Visit the NSPCC website for information on talking about difficult topics with children.

Childline

The Childline website has advice on children and their worries about the world.

Further information

Coping with stress after a major incident

Read the Scottish Government's advice on coping with stress after a major incident.
Ready Scotland: Coping with Stress after a Major Incident (PDF, 41Kb)

Information for children

Read the Scottish Government's advice on coping with stress after a major incident for children.
Ready Scotland: Coping with Stress after a Major Incident - Information for Children (PDF, 217Kb)