325 Key words: conflict-related trauma • counselling • peace building • Northern Ireland Traumatised by peace? A critique of five assumptions in the theory and practice of conflict- related trauma policy in Northern Ireland Chris Gilligan English In recent years there has been a growing international recognition of the impact of violent conflict on mental health and a growth in interventions to deal with what have come to be referred to as the psychosocial dimensions of conflict. Mental health interventions are widely understood to be a crucial feature of
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( n =1986), it was found that 39% of the NI population experienced at least one conflict-related trauma and 31% experienced at least one non-conflict related childhood adversity ( Bunting et al, 2013 ; McLafftery et al, 2018 ). Furthermore, rates of prescription drug use are high ( Benson et al, 2018 ) and anti-depressant prescribing costs are consistently higher in NI than other regions of the UK ( Mental Health Foundation, 2016 ). The lack of devolved government in NI has created crises in public services, with sorely inadequate funding for mental health services
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