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Manchester Attack: Mental health support after arena blast

From BBC - July 31, 2017

A dedicated mental health service to help people affected by the Manchester Arena attack has been launched.

Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

The Manchester Resilience Hub, run by the NHS, will focus solely on helping those directly affected including children and emergency responders.

Clinical lead, Dr Alan Barrett, said it would target anyone across the UK "still struggling to cope".

He said: "The attack will have affected lots of people in some way or another but most will find they recover naturally and do not require any professional support.

"Reactions are likely to be strongest in those closest to the incident, who directly witnessed the aftermath and who were involved in the immediate care of victims.

"If by now people are still struggling to cope, they may benefit from some professional mental health support."

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