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The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
A mother bereaved in the Northern Ireland Troubles has penned a heartfelt open letter to the Government claiming victims are being forgotten amid the delay addressing the legacy of the conflict. Ann Service's son Brian, 35, was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries in north Belfast in October 1998 - six…
Helena Bonham Carter has narrated a new film on childhood bereavement for Children In Need. Saying Goodbye features the stories of a group of children and young people in the UK dealing with the terminal illness or death of a parent. The King's Speech actress said: "It's a privilege to…
The mental health response following the Grenfell Tower fire is the biggest operation of its kind in Europe, a doctor has said, with numbers affected likely to exceed 11,000. The unprecedented need following the blaze has transformed the Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) into "the largest trauma…
Children as young as six are suffering from trauma related to the Troubles, an Irish government committee has been told. The Wave Trauma Centre, which supports people affected by the conflict, said the charity had received a number of referrals of young children who had not been born at the…
The head of the British Red Cross has admitted it took too long to reach out to community groups helping in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Mike Adamson said the team should have coordinated better and faster with the North Kensington community volunteers on the ground, and that…
Widespread trauma caused by the Grenfell Tower fire has prompted an NHS recruiting drive for mental health professionals to keep up with demand. More than 50 vacancies for the Grenfell Tower Trauma Service are being advertised, seeking those experienced in working with bereavement and post traumatic stress disorder. Hundreds have…
Around 600 people including 100 children from the Grenfell Tower neighbourhood have been referred to mental health services in the aftermath of the fire, new figures show. The emotional toll of the disaster was uncovered after health professionals visited thousands of people from the area to determine if they needed…
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