The rupture of loss and trauma
in Conflict, peace and mental health
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Experiences of tragic loss and overwhelming trauma divide our lives into what went before and what came thereafter. The paradigm of loss and trauma, of altered views of oneself, others and the world, of the crisis of adjustment, can be found in the struggles of Northern Ireland in the wake of the Troubles. To tragic loss and the distress of traumatic events is coupled the crisis of how to cope with or survive this deeply unfamiliar landscape, where friendship, faith and other consolations fail us. Entering into the existential crisis and its intolerable consequences is the erosion of well-being and mental health presented in psychological problems, mental health disorders, substance misuse, addictions and wider family and social problems. The capacity of individuals, families and communities to adjust and recover, to regain well-being and build resilience to face future stressors, can be significantly impaired.

Conflict, peace and mental health

Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland


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