Study reveals high levels of Troubles-related mental health conditions

Results from a recent Belfast Strategic Partnership survey of Belfast residents reveal that 55% of people whose health has been affected by the Troubles had received treatment for anxiety or depression in the previous year, compared to 21% whose health condition was not conflict-related.

Of those who said the conflict affected their health, 51% said they were psychologically affected, with 35% stating they were physically affected. A total of 68% said they were affected both physically and psychologically. 
The figures are from a study entitled ‘Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Belfast’ which was conducted by The Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) in 2016. The questionnaire asked people living in Belfast for their experiences and opinions on emotional health and wellbeing.

The Commission for Victims and Survivors and the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) are part of the BSP’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Thematic Group (MHEW) and contributed to the questions around how the Troubles have impacted on individuals’ mental health and wellbeing. 

The survey findings were launched along with the Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing Toolkit, a suite of resources to help improve mental health and wellbeing.

The Take 5 Toolkit and the Have Your Say report can be accessed here:

The Commission for Victims and Survivors has published a number of research studies on mental health and wellbeing - read more here.

The Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) was established in 2011 to address the life inequalities that impact on Belfast. BSP is supported by the Belfast Health Development Unit (BHDU) which is made up of staff from Belfast City Council, the Public Health Agency and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.