Planning for and responding to the mental health impact of conflict
in Conflict, peace and mental health
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In mental health terms, perhaps the most immediate and significant contribution that politics can make is to bring violence to an end. In terms of mental health and related needs arising from conflict it is important to review how and to what degree therapeutic measures address and improve the well-being of conflict-affected communities. The experience of Northern Ireland shows that policy and services need to be developed as conflicts unfold, end and transform in the post-conflict period. Community leaders, and civic and governmental bodies have key roles and tasks to undertake in the context of specific and on-going violence. As the example of Northern Ireland has demonstrated, the attrition of conflict on populations should be regarded as a significant risk, of public health proportions, for well-being, resilience and mental health.

Conflict, peace and mental health

Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland

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