According to Budget 2015, key among the Government’s health policy commitments is to further develop community mental health services. While this e(...)

Kathleen Lynch: she is likely to publish shortly a report by a Government expert group tasked with reviewing the Mental Health Act (2001)

A major review of mental health legislation is to recommend an end to the practice of administering controversial electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to p(...)

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It is estimated that about 20 per cent of us become clinically depressed at some point in our lives. Whereas sadness and grief are focused entirely(...)

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(...)

St Senan’s Hospital is used by the HSE for same-day respite care and administrative offices, though the interior is in urgent need of repair. Photograph: Mary Browne

Why is it of interest? St Senan’s Hospital is an impressive large-scale hospital built in the Italianate style as a county lunatic asylum in the mi(...)

Denis Naughten, Independent TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, said “People need to see that community resources are up and working, and are effective, before there can be any closures or changes to existing provision.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A “complete and fully independent” evaluation of both acute and community mental health services in the west has been called for by Independent TD fo(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Government to commit to an annual allocation of €35 million for the development of community mental health teams and to properly resource mental health services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MARIE O’HALLORAN The State’s treatment of some sectors of society is damaging their mental health, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoim(...)

Psychiatry artefacts at Grangegorman Community Museum: while the closure of outdated asylums   is to be welcomed, we need to be able to look after patients released to the community. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It looks like major progress, on the face of it. Most of our Victorian-era asylums have finally closed and the number of inpatient beds for people wit(...)

Mental Health Commission  chief executive Patricia Gilheaney and chairman  John Saunders at the publication of the commission’s 2013 Annual Report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Mental health services are in danger of “stagnating and moving backwards”, the State’s watchdog for psychiatric care has warned.A combination of staff(...)

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(...)