Many carers are up all night: “We’d go to bed and after about an hour or two he’d start shouting, ‘Get away from me.’ He was terrified. We’d have to get up and tell him that he was safe and to calm him down.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Joan Higgins lives outside Claremorris, Co Mayo and cares for her adult son John* (not his real name) who resides in the family home. The 31-year-ol(...)

Jim Lucey: said recognition of the importance of emotional health was “necessary and progressive”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Our path to recovery as a nation can only be sustained by promoting our emotional and mental health, a leading psychiatrist said last night. “I(...)

Previous generations in Ireland did not talk about their emotions, and there a sense that it was shameful, especially for men, to show emotion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

How do we deal with our emotions and their consequences in Ireland today? Are we any better at discussing our feelings now than we have been in the(...)

Alex White, Minister of State for Primary Care, accepted there was ‘an issue with resources’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Implementing health reforms such as free GP care for children under-6 will require “far more GPs and practice nurses” and providing an environm(...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White said the debate was important at a time when Ireland was trying to refrom its health services.

People with mental health issues are waiting 10 years on average between the onset of symptoms and effective intervention, a national conference on me(...)

Back behind the mic: John Murray in the studio on Monday. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

In a contemporary Ireland where nothing is certain except debt and taxes, Today With Sean O’Rourke (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) should be essential listeni(...)

The Founder’s Day lecture at 2pm will be presented by comedian, writer and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The only real way to tackle the country’s suicide crisis will be through societal change, a conference celebrating the foundation of the first mental (...)