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Air fire passengers to seek redress for psychological trauma [

PASSENGERS WHO WERE left injured after a British Airways plane caught fire on the runway in Las Vegas recently are taking legal action as they seek answers as to what caused the ‘terrifying’ incident, law firm Irwin Mitchell has reported. The firm says its specialist aviation team have received several requests for help by injured passengers and have been instructed to investigate what happened on board British Airways flight 2276, which caught fire at Las Vegas airport. A number of passengers have reported suffering psychological after-effects of the experience.

Clive Garner, head of aviation law at Irwin Mitchell representing the passengers, said: “The primary concern must be ensuring that all of those who have suffered injuries are given the specialist support and advice they need. Some of the passengers have suffered physical injuries and from previous experience we know that such a terrifying incident can also cause psychological injuries to those involved. “The psychological impact of a life threatening event like this should not be underestimated. Counselling and other relevant support may also be required to help those affected overcome what they have been through.” q

BPS calls for psychological help for refugees [

THE British Psychological Society (BPS) has welcomed a call from the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA) for all governments and agencies to utilise psychologists and to co-ordinate efforts across the EU to deal with the refugee crisis. EFPA is taking action with all of its members to improve knowledge-sharing and collaboration. BPS president Prof Jamie Hacker Hughes said: “We welcome the European-wide

statement from EFPA calling for a united approach to give psychological support to asylum seekers and refugees. The BPS has been at the forefront of work on psychological resources following disaster, crisis and trauma through our guidelines which have been adopted by many in the field. “We call on the government to recognise that psychological services are vital in the support of newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees who often have a wide range of

physical and psychological difficulties. Warrelated psychological and physical trauma, together with the impact of multiple stressors during their flight, might result in complex health and mental health presentations. “It is important that psychology, as a key discipline, should be engaged at a planning level as soon as possible so that initial and subsequent responses to these vulnerable people may be both psychologically informed and adequately funded.” q

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