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(...)

The Mental Health Commission website.

The Mental Health Commission has welcomed a further reduction in the use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) on psychiatric patients but has sa(...)

The Samaritans is one of a number of organisations that helps those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Mental health campaigners today praised Cork hurler Conor Cusack for his bravery in speaking out about his battle with depression.Cusack wrote an open(...)

Prof Ella Arensman, of the National Suicide Research Foundation, said the findings show that while many attitudes are more favourable, ongoing awareness about depression and mental health is required.

Almost one in three people in Ireland say they would not vote for a politician if they knew they had been depressed, a new study shows.The research in(...)

Dr Patrick Devitt, inspector of mental health services, said nursing staff numbers continued to dwindle last year, while unfilled vacancies were resulting in professionals being pulled out of community services to plug gaps in inpatient care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The country’s mental health services are stagnant and in danger of slipping backwards as a result of dwindling staff numbers and poor governance, the (...)

When James jammed the jimmy between the planksI knew something had changed.Only the stumps of the uprights remained, the rest of the play house(...)