Students and friends applaud following the funeral mass of Ana Hick, at the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ana Hick was a born performer who lit up everyone’s life with love, laughter and fun, mourners heard at her funeral Mass at the Church of the Assumpti(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch: as recently as last week the Minister reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to maintaining the €35 million investment

The Coalition has broken its Programme for Government pledge to ringfence €35 million annually to modernise mental health services, new figures show.T(...)

While some posts are taken up at the tail-end of the year, these time-related savings aren’t fooling anyone.  Photograph: Getty Images

There is an alarm bell ringing across the mental health service. It’s the sound of anxiety that as demand rises and concern grows over suicide, cutbac(...)

 Rory Doody has had mental health issues. He is now married with a family and works as a recovery development advocate with the Bantry-based Home Focus team, helping people with mental health problems.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.  See for more photos and video

It feels sometimes as if he wasn’t there at all. It’s as if he was a spectator watching scenes in a movie of his life, played by an actor. Here’s one:(...)

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 (...)