People protest against the diversion of €12m from the State’s mental health budget, outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House on Thursday to protest the removal of €12 million from the State’s mental health budget for 2016. Orchestrat(...)

Minister For Health Leo Varadkar:  told the Dáil this week  mental health services had benefited more from spending than other parts of the health service from spending increases under the outgoing Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mental health campaigners are to protest outside the Dáil on Thursday against the diversion of funds from mental health to other areas in the Health S(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: Requested that agreed allocation for mental health remains in place “for the duration of the caretaker government and until a new minister is in place”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Plans by the Department of Health and the HSE to raid money supposedly ring-fenced for mental health for spending in more politically sensitive areas (...)

Ollie Cole performing during First Fortnight 2015

Breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues is the aim of First Fortnight, Ireland’s only mental health arts festival that kicks off(...)

Never before have people been able to express so openly that their mental health and wellbeing is important to them

This time of year can be difficult for many of us. People struggle with financial stresses, unrealistic holiday expectations, memories of past hurts, (...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: A spokesman for the Department of Justice and Equality  said the associated costs would be met by the relevant department’s annual budget allocation over the lifespan of the jobs strategy.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

There are “significant shortfalls” in an upcoming Government jobs strategy for people with disabilities, according to advocacy groups. The Government(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dr Shekhar Saxena from the World Health Organisationat the launch of the “Connecting for Life” suicide prevention strategy at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds Photography.

A new Government suicide prevention strategy launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Wednesday aims to reduce the number of people self-harming and taking(...)

Mental Health Reform director Dr Shari McDaid has welcomed the HSE’s decision to introduce full-time supports for those experiencing mental health difficulties. Photograph: Alan Betson

An umbrella group representing mental health charities in Ireland has welcomed the HSE’s decision to introduce full-time supports for those experienc(...)

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(...)