The Norwegian National Support Group after 22 July was founded on 21 August 2011. The group welcomes everyone who was in or near the government building complex or at the AUF summer camp on Utøya, their families and close relations, and anyone else who was in other ways affected by the terrorist attacks on 22 July 2011.
A great many people were affected by the attacks and local communities across the whole of Norway felt its impact. Those affected represent a large, complex group with different needs and opinions, and targeted high-quality follow-up is still needed. The support group’s job is to safeguard the interests of those affected so that everyone gets the follow-up they need. They have contributed important information and reported to the national health authorities, and have provided information about members who feel that they have not received the help they need. The support group has in this way provided important input that can be used to adapt and improve the follow-up of those affected.
The group is also the point of liaison between those affected and the general public, media and authorities, and it makes great voluntary efforts to safeguard the interests of those affected by the attacks. It also wants to facilitate arenas where individuals can share their experiences and thoughts, or just be somewhere they can get together and enjoy themselves.
As of June 2019, the National Support Group after 22 July had about 1,730 registered members.