Guy Fawkes Night

The following information is provided by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Traumatic memories can be revived by many sensations – a sight, a smell, a noise; all can trigger a response that takes people back to difficult times; stress can trigger your body’s ‘fight or flight’ defence system, with adrenaline and you will feel your breathing change, your heart rate go up with heightened awareness.

We’re about to have Guy Fawkes Night, possibly a weekend of fireworks and bonfires, which many people, especially children, will take part in.

Some people may find this difficult and could find it revives traumatic, frightening, memories. 

So we’re advising people to be aware of the events and decide what you want to do; many people will not want to participate but some will.

If you do experience feelings like this please remember:

Although panic attacks are frightening, they're not dangerous. An attack won't cause you any physical harm, and it's unlikely that you'll be admitted to hospital if it happens.

•             stay where you are, if possible

•             breathe slowly and deeply

•             remind yourself that the attack will pass

•             focus on positive, peaceful and relaxing images

•             remember it isn't life threatening

If you find it particularly difficult you can phone our 24 hour service – 0800 0234 650 – and there are trained people there who can talk to you and help you through it.

The Grenfell Outreach (NHS) Team are working on Sunday 5 November with increased hours, from 10am to 11pm. We’re at The Curve from 10am until it closes at 6pm and also have a roaming team of Senior staff and therapists. You can call the Outreach Team on the day on 020 8962 4393.