Advice to read ahead of bonfire night on Sunday 5 November

Published on: Thursday 2 November 2017

Sunday 5 November is Guy Fawkes’ night where traditionally there are bonfires and fireworks. It is possible that celebrations could last all weekend.

If you were affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire, you may find this period difficult as it could revive traumatic, frightening memories.

If you find yourself suffering a panic attack, remember they are frightening but they are 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. Things to remember are:

  • 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 on 0800 0234 650. There are trained people there who can talk to you and help you through it.

We are running a service around Grenfell Tower on Sunday 5 November from 10am to 11pm. We’re at The Curve until it closes at 6pm and have a roaming team of senior staff and therapists as well. This team was out and about on Halloween and we received positive feedback from residents. If required, you can also call our Outreach team on the day on 020 8962 4393.