David Bolton is the author of the book, Conflict, Peace and Mental Health: Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland, published by Manchester University Press (June 2017). He draws upon his experiences as a social work practitioner and senior health and social care services manager in Northern Ireland to examine the impact of conflict on mental health and the implications for research, policy, peace making, diplomacy, service commissioning, service delivery and practice. Working with colleagues and local communities he helped put in place post trauma support following major incidents linked to the Northern Ireland Troubles including the Omagh bombing with the establishment of the Omagh Trauma Team and later, the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT). The Centre’s specialist community-based trauma team delivered an innovative psychological therapy service for people suffering conflict-related PTSD and other conditions, carried out important clinical and population research into the impacts of trauma, developed and delivered vocational and academic training and advocated for policy change and improved services. His work has included support for workers and organisations in other countries affected by conflict and war to help address the human consequences of war and civil conflict.
Barney Devine has worked for over 30 years in community relations and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland through a range of sectoral areas including community development, further and higher education, social and economic regeneration and mental health. He was the Director of a Peace & Reconciliation Centre in Derry-Londonderry for five years and the Project Manager of a multi-agency programme that developed two significant signature buildings and projects on the site of the 1987 Enniskillen bombing in County Fermanagh before helping to establish NICTT in Omagh in 2002 where he was the Business, Training & Development Manager.