Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch: A delegation from the locality has sought a meeting with the minister to convey serious public concern over the plans. Photograph: Eric Luke

Opposition to HSE plans to close a new €2.8 million acute psychiatric unit in east Galway is set to intensify with two demonstrations planned over the(...)

About 500 people die by suicide every year in Ireland. Those working on the coalface of the problem say it’s closer to 10 deaths a week – eight of whi(...)

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 (...)