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Trauma unit to help victims of the Troubles

By Staff Reporter

One of the last acts of DUP Health Minister Simon Hamilton was to approve the establishment of a mental trauma unit to help tackle the conflict legacy.

Half the psychological health problems in Northern Ireland are associated with the Troubles. A study this year found that over 213,000 people are experiencing significant problems, victims' campaigners said.

Mr Hamilton said: "I want Northern Ireland to become a world leader in treating people with psychological trauma.

"On this basis, I have tasked officials to create an innovative service which will meet the needs of those suffering from mental trauma."

In Northern Ireland there are higher rates of self-harm, common and more serious mental health problems.

It is estimated that the proportion of people with mental health problems is 20-25% higher than in the rest of the UK.

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