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 on over twenty-five years of work by the author in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Focusing 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 bombing and later the wider population affected by the years of conflict. The author places the mental-health needs of 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.


The author writes from the heart, with the experience of a highly respected practitioner and researcher, and with a very personal yet professional relationship with victims and survivors.
Rev. Harold Good, Former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and witness to the decommissioning of the IRA and ETA weaponry.

This is a magnificent contribution not just to the British/Irish troubles but to every region and every country where the agony and horror of violence has penetrated and mangled the human spirit.
Denis Bradley, Co-Chair Consultative Group on the Past

This is a book full of civility, humanism and evidence in relation to the psychological consequences of societal violence.
Brendan Bunting, Professor of Psychology, Ulster University

David Bolton writes with insight in this admirable book. I have rarely encountered an individual so committed and dedicated to making the ragged edges of peace less painful.
David McKittrick, co-author of Lost Lives, the compilation of Troubles related deaths in Northern Ireland.

David Bolton brings over 30 years of field experience in Northern Ireland to this book through which he shares his insights of conflict-related trauma and recovery, supported with empirical research evidence, with all humanitarians working in conflicted societies.
Fergus Cooper OBE, Former Save the Children Head of Country, in Northern Ireland


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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