After an Incident

Often major events make us feel that that life is unfair and unsafe. But looking back afterwards and despite our feelings and problems at the time, it is clear that most people do cope well and recover without long-term problems.

What you have seen and heard is likely to have an effect on you, even if you have not been injured. Coping can be difficult. Everyone is different and each person has his or her own feelings afterwards and what has happened can cause strong feelings, but, usually, they settle in time.

If you have been involved in, or affected by, a traumatic incident you may find it helpful to download the NHS leaflet 'Coping with stress following a major incident'.  It provides information on how you may expect to feel in the days and months ahead, and to help you understand and have more control over your experience.