No peace without peace of mind: The impact of violent conflict on individuals and society

Many people encounter traumatic events in their lifetime, particularly those living in contexts of war or violent conflict. It is estimated that about 22% of people who live in conflict-affected areas of the world live with a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Of these, 9% have moderate-to-severe conditions. These findings come from an analysis of data from 129 studies presented in the renowned medical journal Lancet and covers 39 countries that have experienced conflicts in the last decade.

Marian Tankink (Medical anthropologist; Netherlands)
Yvonne Sliep (Community health specialist; South Africa)
Friederike Bubenzer (Senior Project Leader, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation; South Africa)