Cappahard Lodge, in Ennis, Co Clare:  in breach of conditions on care plans. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

The State’s mental-health watchdog has expressed concern at the continued failure of a number of care facilities to draw up individual care plans for(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch  says the review aims to give a stronger voice to the individual . Photograph: Alan Betson

The controversial practice of administering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to patients with mental health problems who refuse to consent to the tre(...)

Employers and managers often experience fear and frustration around not knowing what to say or how to support someone that they’ve noticed is struggling in the workplace

While people have become more open about talking about mental health in recent years, it can still be something of a taboo topic in the workplace. A r(...)

The Greaney family:  Michael and Valerie with their daughters Michelle and Sarah

Michael Greaney (53) was deeply troubled about financial matters and was concerned that he would not be able to provide for his family after borrowin(...)

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(...)