The Forbury attack on Saturday 20th June was a huge shock to the town, affecting the survivors, witnesses and residents of Reading.
People need to be encouraged, supported and helped towards recovery. The recovery process can take a long time and may require one or more of the following elements:
- Emotional support
- Counselling or specialist therapy
- Help with practical things or signposting to other services
- Help, advice and guidance
- Ongoing support / 24/7
- Someone to talk to
- Support to overcome panic attacks and fear
In Reading, a number of services and organisations are available to support those affected by the attack – victims, witnesses, and residents.
Support for those directly affected
Thames Valley Victims First
Provides free emotional and therapeutic support to victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Tel: 0300 1234 148
Alternatively, you can use Victim Support’s 24/7 webchat: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/live-chat
Support U are a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbtq+) help and support service based in the south east of england.
We’re just at the other end of the phone, if you’ve got any questions, concerns or worries about yourself or someone else. Our service is completely confidential and private – give us a call on 0118 321 9111.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 01344 411919 (Local area helpline) / 0808 808 1677 (National Helpline)
Information for anyone affected by grief and links to support groups.
Reading Services Guide
An information page for bereavement including details of local groups and support for children.
Mental health support
It’s normal to experience stress after a traumatic event. Even if you weren’t directly involved it is natural to feel a range of emotions, including fear and anxiety. For more information on how you or your loved ones might be affected and where to get support visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/london/our-work/help-and-support/.
Support is available from a range of sources and is usually free to access.
Samaritans aims to benefit society by improving people’s emotional health in order to create a greater sense of well being.
Tel: 116 123 (Every day, 24 hours)
If you are registered to a Berkshire GP and over 17 you can refer yourself for support with stress, anxiety or depression.
Every Mind Matters
Created by the NHS the website has tools to help you manage feelings such as anxiety and depression. You can create your own plan, access videos, learn more about how you are feeling and get coping tips.
Compass Recovery College
Provide free mental health support for anyone in Reading aged 18 or over, the service is also free for family/friends supporting someone. Courses are currently running on-line and are facilitated by people with a lived experience of mental health.
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Tel: 0300 365 1234
Employee Assistance Programme
If you are in employment you can may be able to access confidential support through your Employee Assistance Programme.
If you are not in employment, you can access Headspace for free. The site provides guided meditations, animations, articles and videos on a wide range of topics including sleep, stress and healthy living. https://www.headspace.com/
There are also local groups offering a listening ear, general assistance and helpful resources for managing anxiety.
The Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE)
The Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) have teamed up with local groups such as Utulivu and Reading Community Learning Centre to provide assistance to the BAME community
Reading Voluntary Action
Reading Voluntary Action’s Ready Friends has created a tool-kit to help you feel less anxious including details of live on-line meet-ups if you don’t feel comfortable talking to family or friends.
Ready Friends Tool-Kit: http://rva.org.uk/ready-friends/toolkit/
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