Border stress report shows that more help is needed in Fermanagh says Farrell
Published: 4 Apr 2013 16:001 comment
Councillor Raymond Farrell says it is thought that up to 49 per cent of people living in the West of the province have what they describe as a post conflict disorder.
"Many of whom delayed getting, or never sought, help and today may be experiencing high rates of anxiety, depression and impulse control disorders as a result," he said.
'Troubled Consequences' also states that Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of the illness in the world.
"The relationship between trauma and health are very clearly defined for all to see in this report and I think it further confirms for me that there is a very significant reason why there is a high rate of mental health problems in Fermanagh," said the Erne North politician.
Mr Farrell believes Fermanagh should receive greater investment for mental health services.
"I think the onus is on the Westminster Government to invest much needed cash into health as comparative to England. We fall far short in percentage terms. Between 1971 and 1989, a total of 178 people were murdered by paramilitaries in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and when you include many who may have witnessed these horrible events, be that family, friends, work colleagues and members of the community, this has had to have had an impact on the mental health of many people in the county," he said.
However, the Ulster Unionist politician said trauma "affects everyone" regardless of age or religion.
"Be it the wife who saw her husband murdered on the family farm or the family who witnessed their father shot dead outside Chapel after attending mass -- their hurt and pain are the same and their needs need to be recognised much more than has been over the years."
Meanwhile, an information evening on suicide and depression was held in Lack on Tuesday night.
Call Lifeline: 0808 808 8000 if you need confidential support services and advice, or are concerned about someone else. This is a free helpline service available 24/7. For more information visit: www.lifelinehelpline.info
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