Conflict, peace and mental health

Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland

By David Bolton

Conflict, peace and mental health


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9099-8
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: June 2017
  • BIC Category: Irish History, Social, group or collective psychology, Religious intolerance, persecution & conflict, Psychology, Peace studies & conflict resolution, Ireland, European history, PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health, PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology, PSYCHOLOGY / General, PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Trauma & Shock, Northern Ireland, Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, Armed Conflict, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Psychology, Social, Group Or Collective Psychology


What are the human consequences of conflict and what are the appropriate service responses? This book seeks to provide an answer to these important questions drawing upon over 25 years work by the author in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Focussing on the work undertaken following the Omagh bombing the book describes how needs were assessed and understood, how evidence-based services were put in place and the training and education programmes that were developed to assist first those communities affected by the Omagh bombing and later the wider population affected by the years of conflict. The author places the mental health needs of conflict affected communities at the heart of the political and peace processes that follow. This is a practical book and will be of particular interest to those planning for and responding to conflict-related disasters, policy makers, service commissioners and providers, politicians, civil servants and peace makers.


David Bolton is a trauma researcher, writer and practitioner


1 The Omagh bombing and the community's response
2 The Omagh Community Trauma and Recovery Team
3 Assessing the mental-health impact of the Omagh bombing
4 The mental-health impact of the Troubles, 1969-99
5 The mental-health impact of the Troubles, 2000-15
6 The Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation: a comprehensive trauma centre
7 The development of a trauma-focused therapy programme
8 Trauma-focused skills training for practitioners
9 Research, advocacy and policy support
10 Planning for and responding to the mental health impact of conflict
Post script: the rupture of loss and trauma

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