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Conflict, Peace and Mental HealthAddressing the Consequences of Conflict and Trauma in Northern Ireland$
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David Bolton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090998

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090998.001.0001

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Assessing the mental health impact of the Omagh bombing

Assessing the mental health impact of the Omagh bombing

(p.39) 3 Assessing the mental health impact of the Omagh bombing
Conflict, Peace and Mental Health

David Bolton

Manchester University Press

Following the Omagh bombing in August 1998, the local public health and social care services provider in Omagh undertook four major needs assessments in the local community. The experiences and mental health related needs of adults, younger children, adolescents, and health and social care staff, were assessed through four important studies. These produced valuable findings upon which services and practice were developed and which informed the case made to funders. The studies examined the risks to those caught up in the bombing of acquiring trauma related disorders, such as PTSD. These needs assessments provide valuable information for other communities affected by acts of war, conflict and terrorism.

Keywords:   Omagh, Needs assessments, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Staff, Schools, PTSD, Trauma related disorders, Trauma services

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