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Responding to mental health needs after terror attacks

Allsopp, K; Brewin, CR; Barrett, A; Williams, R; Hind, D; Chitsabesan, P; French, P; (2019) Responding to mental health needs after terror attacks. BMJ , 366 , Article l4828. 10.1136/bmj.l4828. Green open access

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Abstract

Mental health responses for people caught up in terror attacks are often inadequate. Internationally, existing services repeatedly fail to identify those with short and long term needs, resulting in an increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders compared with the general population.1 Health services should plan for short and longer term psychosocial care and mental health treatment for the substantial minority who need interventions.2 But the UK has been slow to learn. Many shortcomings in the response to the 2005 London bombings remained at the time of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, despite proposals for a new approach. Here, we discuss how services have evolved since 2005 and what still needs to be done

Type: Article
Title: Responding to mental health needs after terror attacks
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.l4828
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4828
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080399
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