It will as you say Debs be a lengthy process in putting together the thousands of statements and the actual evidence from the UK's longest running inquest on record. Wouldn't be surprised if the jury is out for weeks.
Funny you should mention me lad, I was looking on the Hillsborough section in the Echo and there was a disturbing pic of some lads carrying one of the victims off the pitch, our Stuart did tell me he did the same thing and one of the lads in the pic looks uncannily like him - won't mention it of course; he still won't talk about it after all these years. He didn't have counselling but I'm not sure it would have done any good, there are people who have been traumatised that have the experience locked away somewhere inaccessible and would like to keep it that way, nevertheless time does go someway in healing Debs.
I know only too well mate. I upset one of my clients to tears last week talking about it and not realising she taught one of the 14 year olds that died. She apologised for getting so upset but explained she had to give up teaching because of the grief. She was surprised that it was 27 years ago, so I'm guessing she'd pushed it as far from memory as possible.
It must be so tough for you knowing what he went through but being helpless to help him deal with what he witnessed. Christ I wasn't even there, just watching on tv but I remember it vividly, clinging onto my kids so they wouldn't see it, the anger rising that nothing was being done to help get them out when it was so obvious they were in distress. Then the disbelief at what was being said afterwards as though they were describing a totally different scenario and then more anger realising why they were doing it.
I moved to Sheffield a couple of years later and I've been to Hillsborough quite a few times with the kids, always in the Kop because I've still not been able to face going down Leppings Lane.
I hope your lad can perhaps open up about it after the verdicts come in mate but it's probably a vain hope, as you say some just want to keep it hidden and locked away in the memory bank.