Health Minister Simon Hamilton addressed delegates at an academic event on Tuesday about the legacy of the Troubles about his plans for a new Mental Trauma Service.
He had originally made the announcement that he is “setting up of a world leading mental health service” on September 10, with details to emerge in the weeks and months that followed.
Speaking at the two-day long gathering in Queen’s University Belfast, titled ‘Treating the Trauma of the Troubles’, he said 213,000 people in Northern Ireland are “experiencing significant mental health problems as a result of the Troubles”.
He told delegates: “It is clear that there are unmet needs in our mental health services.”
Although his statement did not give precise details of the new planned set-up, he said his new service “will improve individual, family and community experience of mental health trauma care; it will improve the psychological and social outcomes for individuals, their families and communities who have been traumatised as a result of the violence; and improve governance and accountability”.