Minister speaks at mental health event

The DUP's Simon Hamilton
The DUP's Simon Hamilton

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He had originally made the announcement that he is “setting up of a world leading mental health service” on September 10, with details to emerge in the weeks and months that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”.