Cookstown: Psychiatrists urge people affected to seek support
Two leading mental health bodies have said it is "normal" for people linked to the Cookstown tragedy to experience distress.
In a statement, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) extended their condolences to the friends and families of three teenagers killed in a crush outside a St Patrick’s Day disco at the Greenvale Hotel in Co Tyrone.
Teenagers Connor Currie (16), from Dungannon, Lauren Bullock (17), from Donaghmore, and Morgan Barnard (17) from Dungannon died in the crush at around 9.30pm on Sunday.
- Morgan Barnard's father describes the family's devastation
- Connor Currie was 'much loved'
- Lauren Bullock remembered as 'a shining light'
BPS and RCPsych said: "We recognise that this is a very difficult time for the whole community and in particular for those young people who were there, for their families, for the hotel staff and for the early responders and emergency services."
"Following a traumatic incident of this nature, it is completely normal to experience distress – difficulty sleeping and bad dreams, thoughts and memories of what happened popping into your head, irritability, feeling sad and worried," they said.
"People all react in different ways. It is helpful to be with family and friends and for those who were there to talk about happened if they want to. For some people quiet time can be important.
"Many people find it helpful to return to the normal routines such as returning to school, normal mealtimes, and times for getting up and going to bed. While there is no particular treatment that is recommended at this stage, support of family, friends and community will be most helpful in aiding recovery from this tragic event."
The Education Authority said staff from its youth service will be available to speak to young people at three separate youth groups tonight.
Staff will be at Ógras Youth Club in Coalisland from 7pm, Dungannon Youth Resource Centre from 5pm and Cookstown Youth Resource Centre from 6.30pm.
In response to the tragic incident that occurred at the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown on Sunday, EA Youth Service staff will be available this evening in the following locations to engage with young people who may have been affected in any way. pic.twitter.com/70vDHAaBML— Education Authority (@Ed_Authority) March 19, 2019
Meanwhile, Edendork GAC will provide counsellors at its ground tonight following the tragedy. The club said counsellors will be available at the Des Fox Pavilion between 6pm and 9pm.
The Des Fox Pavilion will be open from 6pm - 9pm this evening.— Edendork GAC (@EdendorkGAC) March 19, 2019
There will be Counsellors available should anybody need to have a chat.
We extend this invitation to people from outside our Club. Everyone is welcome.
Anyone affected by this story can access help and support by contacting the Lifeline helpline on 0808 808800
People looking for an accredited counsellor can contact the National Counselling Society on www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org or 01903 200666