Feeling affected by events in the news

23 May 2017

Like everyone in the United Kingdom and in countries across the world, we've been horrified by recent events in the news.

Two terrorist attacks took place in Britain in a matter of weeks, and many people have been affected by a fire that devastated Grenfell Tower in London.

Many of those affected by these events were children and young people, and that is a difficult thing to deal with. Everyone has the right to be kept safe, and when our safety is threatened it can have a big effect. You may worry about friends and family, or you may know someone who's been directly affected. You may also feel worried about similar events happening to you, or distressed about the thought of those you know and love coming to harm.

We've put together some links that might help if you're affected by recent events in any way. It's not a complete list, and we're happy to add to it: you can contact us if you think there's a useful resource that we've missed.


Feeling affected

Newsround: Feeling affected by the news

CBBC Newsround has advice if you're upset by any story in the news.

Young Scot: Talking about feelings

If you're finding anything difficult to talk about, Young Scot has a page of advice that may help.

Young Scot: Current events

Young Scot have produced a microsite with information that can help you understand the news and cope if you're finding things difficult. It also has advice that can help you tell apart true and false information about events in the news.

People who can listen


If you need to talk about absolutely anything, Childline has counsellors that will listen to you. You can contact them online, on the phone or on email, at any time of the day or night.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Young Minds: Anxiety

Young Minds has information that may help if you feel anxious for any reason.

Links for parents and carers

NSPCC: Supporting children worried about terrorism

Advice to help parents and carers talk to children who are worried or bullied following the terrorist attacks.

Your rights

Expressing yourself

Everyone has the right to express themselves, and it can be helpful to do this if you're feeling particularly anxious or sad. Drawing and writing are good ways to express your emotions when they feel particularly intense.

Staying healthy

It's completely normal to feel sad, shocked and anxious after something terrible happens. However, it's a good idea to see your GP if weeks go by and you find these emotions get worse or don't go away. It's important to remember that seeing a GP about this isn't silly or a waste of their time. It's recognising that you have the right to the best health possible— and that this includes your mental health.