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Report into well-being and inclusion of former politically motivated prisoners
Date:3/14/2011

er prisoners are twice as likely as others in Northern Ireland to suffer from psychological difficulties.
  • Over one in three of the politically motivated former prisoners who took part in the research had been prescribed sedatives and tranquillisers. The rate of prescribed sedatives and tranquillisers for males in this group is well over four times that of their Northern Ireland age peers.
  • Almost one in three of the research participants had been prescribed anti-depressants. The rate of prescribed anti-depressants for males in this group is five times that of their Northern Ireland age peers.
  • Many of those who reported experiencing conflict-related relationship and psychological difficulties said they were not getting the help they need.
  • A significant number of both the men and women surveyed reported misusing alcohol (68 per cent) or being alcohol dependent (53 per cent).

    The report also makes a number of recommendations, which include:

    • Policy makers should explicitly recognise that older former politically motivated prisoners constitute at 'at risk' group of older people in Northern Ireland, for both social exclusion and mental ill health.
    • Measures are needed to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of age and or having a conflict-related conviction.
    • Dialogue should be established between the former politically motivated prisoner community and the relevant bodies taking forward the developments arising from the Bamford Review of mental health services in Northern Ireland. The aim of this dialogue should be to adopt a model of mental health care for former politically motivated prisoners similar to the Community Veterans Mental Health Service scheme established by Veterans UK and the Personnel and Veterans Agency of the Ministry of Defence, which is currently being piloted in the UK.
    • Greater representation of former politically motivated prisoners as service users is needed on rele
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    Contact: Anne-Marie Clarke
    anne-marie.clarke@qub.ac.uk
    44-289-097-5320
    Queen's University Belfast
    Source:Eurekalert

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