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Survivors Assistance Network – referrals following the recent incidents in Paris

November 18, 2015 | Nick Taylor

On Friday 13 November, a number of terrorist incidents took place in Paris, France resulting in widespread casualties.

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace manages the national Survivors Assistance Network (SAN). SAN is a social, health and welfare self-help membership network for people affected by terrorism. It brings together those who share the same experience and trauma and provides a self-help forum and way to assist each other.

The network offers a series of structured interventions that aims to share information and experience, and encourages self-help and thus reduces the severity of treatment resistant post-traumatic stress and improves recovery time, enabling people to find a way to cope and recover.

Advice to those affected by this and other incidents:

Please feel free to contact SAN by e-mail or by phone on 01925 581 240

What we offer:

Telephone and email support

Access to our current SAN programme of support for victims of terror which includes an initial assessment of needs via a face to face appointment at the Peace Centre or a home visit

Ongoing email and telephone support (which focuses predominantly on giving you information, listening to your situation and the identification of any immediate needs)

Actively promoting links to other support services and encouraging engagement with these organisations

Liaison with GPs and statutory and non-statutory services locally and nationally to ensure that the needs of the survivor/family member are met

General advice (in conjunction with that issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office):

At times like this there will be a lot of activity on the internet, social media and in the traditional media such as newspapers, radio and television. We advise everybody to take caution in what they watch and read and to be very discerning in what content you share with other people.

You should be vigilant in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities. In terms of France, the authorities have heightened security measures so allow time in your travel plans for any disruption this may cause. Systematic border control checks have been implemented at all entry points into France. A national state of emergency has been declared for three months. Public gatherings, flying drones and the use of fireworks in the Ile de France region (Paris and surrounding area) are prohibited.

As part of the national state of emergency, the French Ministry of Education has cancelled all school trips within France by French schools until Sunday 22 November. This includes excursions to cultural sites (theatres, museums, etc) and travel by school groups on public transport. These cancellations don’t specifically include foreign school parties, but the French Ministry of Education has advised foreign school groups to avoid travelling to France for the time being.

There is ongoing disruption to cross channel services due to migrant activity in and around Calais.

The 21st session of the conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (COP21) will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. A large march in central Paris is planned on 29 November and further protests are expected at the end of the conference on 12 December. If you see groups of protestors or security forces gathering, you should take extra care, leave the area and follow the advice of the local authorities. Traffic may also be heavier in Paris and between Paris airports and central Paris.

The Emergency phone number in France is 112