Don't stand alone - the Manchester bombing

After the horrific events that played out at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena last night and early this morning, whether you're affected directly or indirectly, we want to ensure that you, our tenants, know where to go for any support that might you need. If you're just waking up to this news, you can see the latest updates on the BBC news page.

University services

Student Welfare - the staff in the university's student welfare department offer advice and guidance, and are easily accessible in the Binks building at Chester, and Martin building in Warrington. If going in to speak is too difficult for any reason, you can also call them on 01244 511548 or email student.welfare@chester.ac.uk

Student Counselling - all the counsellors working at the University of Chester are accredited by the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) or UKCP (United Kingdom Council For Psychotherapy). This is a great place to go if you feel you need a safe space to discuss what's happening, whether you have family or friends who were involved in the incident, or even if you are not directly involved but finding the pressure of what's happened overwhelming or distressing.

Finding people

Manchester Evening News - their Missing in Manchester article is sharing details of those who are currently missing. We can't confirm how frequently this is being updated. There are a lot of pop-ups on this page, be warned.

Call 0161 856 9400 - this is a phoneline set up by the police if you're struggling to get in touch with someone who was at the concert last night, or nearby.

Twitter - search the hashtag #missinginmanchester. Details are being posted up regularly with information about those that have been taken in by hotels and local residents. Equally an opportunity for you to post up information if you know the location of someone who has no phone battery etc.

Facebook - there's a clever app on Facebook called Safety Check. This will notify you of all your friends that have confirmed they are safe, and hopefully be able to provide you with peace of mind that your loved ones are safe.

Online counselling

If you're in the need to speak to someone straight away, there are a few places where you can get immediate support. We can't endorse any of these as we have not had personal experiences with them, but they're all free and could be what you need.

7cups - an online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists and counselors

Samaritans - offering a talking and listening service, Samaritans are available 24/7. You can call on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit your closest branch which for us in Chester is Upper Northgate Street.

Fund raising

Manchester Evening News has set up a JustGiving page to support the families of those that were involved in the Manchester terrorist attacks. Even if you can't donate (we know what it's like being a student and living on a budget), share this page on your own social networks if you can, as there may be people you know who are able to help. At the time of writing, MEN has raised over £185,000.

We hope we've been able to assist you. It's important that we stand together against terrorism, and our deepest sympathies go out to anyone who has been affected by the Manchester bombing. We are happy to share your posts on our social media channels, just make sure to tag us @chesterstudents on Instagram and Twitter, and Chester Student Lets on Facebook.

If you are looking for more general information about welfare and support, please check out our Your Student Welfare blog.