Assessing the mental health impact of the Omagh bombing
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This chapter outlines four major needs-assessments undertaken to better understand the impact of the bombing and the way in which the findings helped in the development of services for psychological and mental health needs. It includes Omagh needs-assessments, adult needs-assessment, children's and adolescents' needs-assessments, and health and social care services staff needs-assessment. In the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland there had not been an incident with a combination of so many deaths, so many injuries and so many exposed to highly traumatic experiences. The chapter describes the Sperrin Lakeland Trust under the leadership of its occupational health consultant in collaboration with the University of Northumbria. The adult study was undertaken by the Trust with the support of Professor David Clark and his colleagues, based then at Oxford University.

Conflict, peace and mental health

Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland


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