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£3 million released for those left with psychological injuries after Manchester terror attack

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has released a further £3 million. Photo: Manchester City Council

A further £3 million has been given to Manchester Arena survivors who are suffering from psychological injuries.

The donation has been released by the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up to help victims of the attack.

The payments of £10,000 who have been assessed as being being ‘functionally impaired’ by the psychological injury they sustained after being in the foyer during or immediately after the bomb attack.

The new fund is set to help those left unable to 'comfortably live their everyday life' following the attack and have not already had a payment from the Fund of £60,000

The claims will to be validated by an accredited clinician, like a psychological therapist, and wiill be verified by Greater Manchester Police.

The Fund estimates up to 300 people could be eligible for the £10,000 gift.

The total distributed by the fund so far stands at £14 million, out of £18 million of donations for people across the globe.

The trustees of the Fund sought advice and guidance from clinical experts at the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub, set up in the wake of the attack to ensure that those affected had access to mental health treatment. It is staffed by NHS mental health specialists.

There are no strings attached to how the money is spent.

Cllr Sue Murphy, chair of the board of trustees of the Fund, said:

“The people in the foyer of the Manchester Arena that night saw and heard things that none of us should ever have to see or hear.

“We know people are suffering mentally as well as physically. That’s why the trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund have worked so hard to get this right. We have consulted extensively with mental health professionals to understand how best to help those with psychological trauma, specifically those who were closest to the attack.

“We know that the attack has affected the mental health of many people – including family and friends of those caught up in the incident as well as those who were present in or around the arena that night - and our decision to concentrate our efforts on those who were directly exposed to the devastation caused by the attack does not take away from the fact that they too are suffering. We’d encourage everyone who is experiencing psychological distress as a result of the attack to contact the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub.

“I am proud to be leading a charity which treats psychological injury as seriously as it treats physical injury.”

– Cllr Sue Murphy, chair of the board of trustees of the We Love Manchester Fund
  • Those who are struggling and need access to mental health support can contact the GM Resilience Hub, which is staffed by NHS mental health professionals. They can be reached 03330 095 071 or gm.help@nhs.net. More support and information can be found here.
  • Those who needs immediate help to stay safe are advised to contact their GP and ask for an emergency appointment. Out of hours, you can access mental health services via an Accident and Emergency Department.