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 activists  launch their campaign for mental health funding in the budget outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The Government has not delivered on promises to stop admitting children to adult psychiatric facilities, according to an umbrella group for mental hea(...)

University Hospital Galway: Ray Walsh was found dead in the grounds of a Galway school eight days after leaving the hospital’s psychiatric unit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The sister of a Galway man whose body was found eight days after he had been reported missing from University Hospital Galway’s (UHG) psychiatric unit(...)

Phelim Quinn, chief executive of Hiqa, said ‘health professionals seem unable to distinguish between what is an acceptable and unacceptable standard of care’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Working for the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) can’t be easy. The organisation is in the news nearly every day and publishes several (...)

Fianna Fáil Colm Keaveney called the numbers a ‘damning indictment of mental health policy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fifty children with mental health problems have been admitted to adult psychiatric units so far this year, new figures reveal. The Health Service Exe(...)

A large GP practice, a hospice and patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial the new individual health identifiers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial individual health identifiers, a unique number which will eventually be given to every person (...)

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(...)

Sarah Bredin: “I was clearly living in a state of depression without knowing it”

One in 20 of us will have a psychotic experience in our lifetimes, according to the Psychological Society of Ireland – and simple human understandi(...)

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,(...)

Facilities for patients with acute psychiatric difficulties in Waterford University Hospital remain unsuitable despite a recent €1.2 million upgrade, (...)