Support sessions available following tragic death of Adam Johnson

We are sending our deepest condolences to Adam Johnson's family, friends and all of the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers teams and fans. Many people from Sheffield witnessed this traumatic event over the weekend or have been impacted by it.

In response to this tragic event, Sheffield Talking Therapies are hosting a number of dedicated psychology sessions on Thursday 2 November, 7pm-8pm and Friday 2 November 10am-10:45am for anyone who has been affected. These free NHS sessions are an opportunity to learn techniques to help you look after yourself after witnessing a traumatic event. No need to register, just turn up.

You can join the meetings here:

Thursday 2 November session: Click here to join the meeting

Friday 3 November session: Click here to join the meeting

In addition, here are some tips for managing your thoughts and feelings when you have experienced something traumatic especially when you might be suffering the short-term effects of trauma such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, anger, or trouble with sleep or nightmares.

  • Share your feelings with someone you feel comfortable with (friends, family, co-workers)
  • Talk at your own pace and as much as you feel it’s useful
  • Be willing to listen to others who may need to talk about how they feel
  • Take time to cry if you need to – letting feelings out is helpful
  • Ask for emotional and practical support from friends, family members, your community or religious centre
  • Try to spend some time doing something that feels good and that you enjoy
  • Try to return to everyday routines and habits. They can be comforting and help you feel less out of sorts
  • Look after yourself -  eat and sleep well, exercise and relax


Useful resources


Hope act as a peer support group for anyone who has been bereaved through a traumatic event or has witnessed a traumatic incident, no matter your age or when the experience of trauma occurred.  

0114 227 0105


Sheffield Talking Therapies:

Sheffield Talking Therapies provides free psychological therapies for adults suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety or stress.

0114 226 4380 


Sheffield Support Hub:

Sheffield Support Hub offers free mental health support in a welcoming, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment. 

07890 987384 


Counselling Directory:

 A directory of affordable counselling services in the city.

Counselling Directory | Sheffield Mental Health Guide 


NHS resource:

“Coping with stress after a major incident.” nhs trauma_leaflet.pdf ( 


How to access NHS mental health services following a tragic event: