People Living Near Peace Lines More Likely To Have Poor Mental Health - Research

People living close to peace lines in Northern Ireland are more likely to suffer from poor mental health, according to new research.

The study, conducted by Queen's University, indicates that living in an area in close proximity to a segregation barrier, or peace line, increases a person's likelihood of being on antidepressant medication by 19% and on anxiolytic medication, which inhibits anxiety, by 39%.
News Image
Lead researcher Dr Aideen Maguire from Queen's Centre for Public Health, said: "Neighbourhood segregation is known to be a fundamental determinant of physical health, but its effects on mental health are less clear. Northern Ireland is unique as it contains physical manifestations of segregation, in the form of dividing walls separating two religious communities.

"Mental health among those living at peace lines is a major concern, with more than one in five individuals living there receiving antidepressant medication compared to one in eight in the rest of the population. After adjustment for other factors likely to affect mental health - including levels of deprivation, population density and crime - those living in peace line areas are 19 per cent more likely to be prescribed antidepressant medication and 39 per cent more likely to be prescribed medication for anxiety, compared to those people living in other similar areas with no segregation barriers."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

09 October 2001
World Mental Health Day helps to dispel myths
The Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Bairbre de Brún, has emphasised the importance of World Mental Health Day which is taking place on 10 October.
26 April 2012
Suicide Awareness Training To Be Introduced To Council Staff
Suicide awareness training is to be introduced for all staff and politicians at Belfast City Council, the Lord Mayor has announced. The new initiative is just one outcome of a community conference hosted at City Hall by Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile.
11 October 2011
Poots Targets Mental Health Care
NI Mental health has been getting a focus this week with news that the Stormont Health Minister Edwin Poots has launched his Department's Service Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing Announced on World Mental Health Day on Monday, the framework sets standards for the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, care and rehabilitation of peop
06 May 2022
NI Worried About 'Trust, Disposable Income And Mental Health'
Trust, disposable income and mental health are the three key issues currently worrying people in Northern Ireland, according to the findings of a post lockdown survey.
05 July 2021
£10m Mental Health Support Fund Officially Opens
A new £10 million fund to assist mental health support organisations has been officially opened by Health Minister Robin Swann.