NHS helpline offers psychological support after Shoreham crash

DM157412a.jpg Floral tributes on footbridge near Shoreham Airport following the plane crash. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150824-194858008

DM157412a.jpg Floral tributes on footbridge near Shoreham Airport following the plane crash. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150824-194858008

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People affected by the tragic events at Shoreham Airshow on Saturday are being offered support by NHS services in Sussex.

A helpline has been set up so residents experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties following the crash can talk to health professionals.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Community Trust said: “Many people may have witnessed or been affected by the events – some of them at very close quarters. It is understandable that this may cause significant psychological or emotional impact.

“It is common to experience a range of reactions in response to traumatic events, including memories of what you saw, feelings of distress, nightmares, sleeping difficulties, jumpiness or feeling like you want to avoid all reminders of what happened.

”These experiences are normal reactions and usually reduce over a period of a few weeks without any professional help.

“However it is possible that for some people, the impact is more unsettling and distressing and the local NHS is offering the opportunity to talk about the experience with a qualified NHS wellbeing practitioner.”

Ring the following numbers for a free and confidential conversation if you have been affected.

West Sussex residents ring: 01903 703548

Brighton & Hove residents ring: 0300 00 20 060

East Sussex please residents ring: 0300 00 30 130

The helplines will operate from Monday to Friday between from 9am to 5pm. The service will operate until September 18.

The service is not offered as an emergency service and if your need is urgent please contact your doctor.

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