Following the ‘callous terrorist attack’ in Manchester overnight, Emma Williams, Forensic Phycologist with the BMC clinical team takes a moment to highlight the possible aftereffects of such a significant event, especially one that is so close to home both in distance and the individuals who were targeted.
Emma says, “Whether reflecting as individuals, parents or staff members who make the decision to support and work with young people on a daily basis it is important to do just this – to reflect. The goal of terror whether perpetrated by an individual, group or nation is to make people feel vulnerable and attempt to force us as individuals to change our daily routines and world views. The aim is to make us distrusting and alter our views to see the world and those within it in a negative way. To counter this we need to come together as the people of Manchester did last night, we need to accept and acknowledge the emotions that such an event can invoke in both others and ourselves.”
Emma recognises that “Our young people may want to speak about this event. They may have questions, concerns or fears that this incident has brought to light because they may find a personal connection to this incident whether because it involves young people, because it occurred at a concert or because it is widely reported across all types of news platforms. It will be important for us to provide the time and space for our young people to talk should they want to do this, this is an experience that we can share with our young people and we can provide the opportunity to recognise the negative emotions which may be evoked and accept these as a normal reaction.”
The Bryn Melyn Care Clinical Team are available to talk to any young people or staff member who needs a space to reflect on this event and urge them to pick up the phone or send over an email. Emma also adds that “However, there may also be young people or staff who do not want to speak about this event and it is important to not force such discussions but to be available when, and if, we are needed.”
Emma Williams, Forensic Psychologist