Updated News June 2019
Conflict and Trauma: From ‘Shell Shock’ to PTSD and Beyond
Dr Nigel Hunt, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, facilitated a fascinating workshop entitled: Conflict and Trauma: From ‘Shell Shock’ to PTSD and Beyond, at Omagh Library on May 22, 2019 on behalf of the Living Legacies First World War Engagement Centre.
The workshop provided an introduction as to how our understanding of trauma has developed over the past century, beginning with the First World War and offered a range of primary sources that can be used in tracing trauma through the archives. Dr Hunt spoke of his experience researching PTSD with veterans from several conflicts from WW2 to recent involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The workshop encouraged participants to think about how they could conduct their own research on trauma and conflict, from the First World War and beyond, particularly as recent commemorations remind us about the aftermath and legacies of conflict on society in Northern Ireland.
Participants came from a variety of backgrounds but most were working in some capacity with mental health and well-being in the local community, including representatives from Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Tara Centre, Omagh Bomb Victims and community mental health services.
Photo L to R: Margaret Spencer, Director, Tara Centre, Omagh, Dr Nigel Hunt, University of Nottingham, Dr Johanne Devlin Trew, Living Legacies / Ulster University, Dr Roisín Keogh, Clinical Research Professional, Karen Kelly, therapist.
This platform was made possible through generous funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council. We are grateful to our colleagues at the National Lottery Heritage Fund who developed the First World War: Then and Now grant scheme, and supported community research projects into the legacy of the First World War. We are indebted to the many project contributors for making such valued contributions to public understandings of WW1 histories and heritage, and for graciously sharing their research with us and allowing us to use it on our platform.
Thanks also go to the project management, research and design teams – Elaine Reid, David Hardy, Dr Rachel Tracey, Dr Heather Montgomery, Joshua Montgomery and Artisan Web NI – whose combined expertise was vital in bringing this platform to fruition.