Terrorism is an act of an individual or a group who encourages or glorifies violence in the name of politics or religion. Terrorism is rare in the UK, but an attack could happen at any time or place without warning. Sussex Police have a dedicated Counter-Terrorist Intelligence Unit (CTIU) which works alongside the rest of the force in protecting and reassuring the public, and reducing the risk from terrorism.
If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour, you can report it in confidence, either by calling the police or through their online form. If you have been affected by a terrorist incident you may experience certain symptoms such as:
- Getting angry or upset more easily
- Not being able to concentrate
- Not being able to sleep
- Being more jumpy and being on the lookout for danger
These symptoms are a normal response to a terrible experience and will reduce over time. The NHS has produced guidance on coping with stress following a major incident.
If your symptoms are severe and you are in distress or they last longer than 4 weeks, there are mental health treatments available through the NHS to help. The information on the NHS Choices website will outline possible symptoms and describe how to seek help. Please visit your GP who will be able to provide advice and refer you on to the appropriate local NHS mental health service for assessment and treatment. Children and young people may also access NHS help by visiting their GP, and schools may be able to provide support or refer them to local services.
The Home Office have created a leaflet around support for people affected by terrorist attacks overseas and in the UK:
Some more information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.
You can also get support following terrorism through the services to the right.