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An independent task force set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has accused Kensington and Chelsea Council of failing to take effective action to help survivors of the disaster. A new report by the recovery task force said the council's record on converting plans into action on…
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request by Ireland to find that people detained by the UK during the Troubles in the so-called Hooded Men case suffered torture. Dismissing the request by six votes to one, the ECHR said there was "no justification" to revise a 1978…
On 10th March, 440 psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors will gather at Birmingham University to attend a free, one-day workshop delivered by Dr David Muss to learn The Rewind: a technique he originated that can help treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients effectively, quickly and cost-efficiently. PTSD affects people from all…
Victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles are tired of their rights being used as a "bargaining chip" in the push to get a deal at Stormont, a campaigner has said. A number of groups representing relatives bereaved in different fatal incidents have taken to the streets of Belfast to call…
The father of murdered schoolgirl April Jones suffered the devastation of learning of his daughter's death for a second time after a virus damaged his memory, her mother has said. Paul Jones, 49, asked why his daughter had not been to see him as he recovered from a severe case…
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Cruse Bereavement Care have formed a strategic partnership to promote the benefits of counselling for people who struggle to cope following the death of someone close to them. The two organisations aim to improve access to quality counselling for bereaved people…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed arrangements for delivery of Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service, beyond April this year. The current contractor, Contact (Northern Ireland), had decided not to accept the offer of extension after March 2018 and with PHA unable to source a suitable alternative provider,…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
A mother bereaved in the Northern Ireland Troubles has penned a heartfelt open letter to the Government claiming victims are being forgotten amid the delay addressing the legacy of the conflict. Ann Service's son Brian, 35, was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries in north Belfast in October 1998 - six…
Helena Bonham Carter has narrated a new film on childhood bereavement for Children In Need. Saying Goodbye features the stories of a group of children and young people in the UK dealing with the terminal illness or death of a parent. The King's Speech actress said: "It's a privilege to…
The mental health response following the Grenfell Tower fire is the biggest operation of its kind in Europe, a doctor has said, with numbers affected likely to exceed 11,000. The unprecedented need following the blaze has transformed the Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) into "the largest trauma…
Children as young as six are suffering from trauma related to the Troubles, an Irish government committee has been told. The Wave Trauma Centre, which supports people affected by the conflict, said the charity had received a number of referrals of young children who had not been born at the…
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