At least 20 Grenfell residents, witnesses attempted suicide: Charity

At least 20 residents and witnesses of the terrifying block fire that engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower have attempted suicide, according to an anti-suicide group, underscoring the government’s lack of attention to the victims’ mental health.

Volunteers working with survivors of the June 14 blaze at the 24-story building in west London have confirmed the latest number, Yvette Greenway, founder of Silence of Suicide charity, told BBC on Monday.

Justice4Grenfell’s Judy Bolton also verified the figure, citing members of the campaign who have been helping the victims’ families.

Some residents have resorted to alcohol and drugs as a desperate attempt to get the images of the burning tower “out of their minds,” according to Greenway.

“There is a lot of alcohol and drug dependency,” she said. “People are feeling isolated.”

There was little to no interest among survivors to use “council-led” mental health services due to workers’…

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