Electro-convulsive therapy is a divisive approach to patient care with medical professionals both in support and opposition of its use. Photograph: Getty Images

The use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), seclusion and physical restraint in the treatment of psychiatric patients have all increased for the firs(...)

Mental Health Commission’s report follows concerns over deaths and governance issues in the Carlow/Kilkenny and South Tipperary. Photograph: Getty Images

Proper assessments might have alerted staff to the risks facing up to 13 people who went on to die by apparent suicide, the State’s watchdog(...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch said efforts needed to be sustained to continue reducing child admissions to adult units. Photograph: Eric Luke

One in five of all admissions of children to mental health institutions is made to an adult unit, in spite of Government promises to end the practice,(...)

Van Morrison: action settled on the basis of solicitor’s letter confirming PR executive John Saunders had ‘acted with integrity’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A public relations executive has said the record has been “set straight” after a defamation action that centred on the handling of allegations that Va(...)

Van Morrison: court told the singer has written a letter to  John Saunders to set the record straight over the handling of allegations that the singer fathered a child with his former tour manager.

An action in which a public relations executive had alleged defamation against singer Van Morrison has been settled and struck out on consent at the H(...)

John Saunders: ‘We’re talking about teenagers who may find themselves in wards with much older people in environments that can feel threatening and fearful.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Significant numbers of children with mental health problems are still being admitted to adult psychiatric units despite repeated warnings that the pr(...)

John Saunders: the chairman of the Mental Health Commission, said these hostels appeared to be “mini-institutions” in the community and expressed concern that there was no definitive figure for how many patients resided in them. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hundreds of vulnerable psychiatric patients who were moved out of mental hospitals over recent decades are living in “mini-institutions” in the com(...)

See Change Ambassador Hazel Larkin from Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hazel Larkin has spent a lot of time trying to figure out a strategy for the bad days when she cannot get out of bed. A writer, PhD student and mother(...)

Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events will be organised by See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, as part of the Green Ribbon national calendar of activities.

A campaign to promote open discussion about mental health is to begin next month. Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events (...)

The Mental Health Commission found access to inpatient beds for children in the Wexford/Waterford region was “extremely difficult” and it was reported there was no access to an emergency bed at all for one child in crisis.

Children with mental health problems are still being admitted to adult units of psychiatric hospitals, despite rules introduce(...)