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(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout said awareness was being raised about mental health services but when people went to use them, they were often not available.

Almost 1,000 fewer staff are providing mental health services compared to the start of the recession in 2008, despite Government announcements about i(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch told the Dáil recently that the vast majority – 98 per cent, or 468 – of the jobs had been “allocated” and would be filled as soon as possible.  .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of positions pledged for community-based mental health teams last year have still not been filled, latest figures show.The numbers come at a (...)

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(...)

RTÉ Radio 1 Radio presenter John Murray pictured this morning when he returned to present The John Murray Show after a six-month absence. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Mental health organisations have praised RTÉ radio presenter John Murray who yesterday spoke of of dealing with depression as he returned to the airwa(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch has said she has a guarantee that the additional €15 million dropped from in(...)

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(...)

 Dr Shari McDaid from the coalition Mental Health Reform presenting Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch with a petition signed by over 21,000 people calling for the Government to invest an additional €35 million  in community mental health services next year. Photograph: Alan Betson

A petition signed by 21,000 people calling on the Government to keep its promise to invest in modernising mental health services was handed over to th(...)

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(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform is to consider  pre-budget submissions from a range of charitable, interest and lobby groups at Goverment Buildings today.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Repeated tax increases on cigarettes and tobacco are forcing people to go without food in order to have money to satisfy their addiction rather than d(...)