From left, chairman of Dublin Samaritans David Hughes, volunteer Erna O’Connor, director Brendan Gallagher, volunteer Hilda Robinson, and executive director Catherine Brogan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A man once rang Brendan Gallagher and told him he was on his way to take his own life. “He had picked a spot,” says Gallagher. “This was the ea(...)

The number of calls to Samaritans has increased by 52 per cent since the charity introduced a free phone line in March. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Mental health charity Samaritans recorded its busiest ever year in 2014 after it introduced a free phone service.The organisation answered more than 4(...)

While there have been some improvements in relation to access, thestudy’s lead author, Dr Fiona O’Reilly, said homelessness was ‘a very unhealthy state’. Photograph: Alan Betson

One in three homeless people in Ireland has attempted suicide, and this figure increases to one in two among those with a mental health condition.Thes(...)

Flowers and tributes are placed at the make-shift memorial on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star for US actor Robin Williams, who was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiberon home north of San Francisco yesterday. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

The national suicide prevention charity Console has expressed concern that the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams could provoke copycat suicid(...)

Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch at the launch of the Samaritans’ annual impact report in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

There has been a “change in the emotional landscape of Ireland” in the past year with “more hope this year than last,” the head of the Samaritans has (...)

While there has been a lot of attention to the high rate of suicide and depression among young people in Ireland, those on the other side of life’s jo(...)

Michelle Dalton with her kitten Lisbeth. “Recovery depends on community support: having a network of friends and family.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien. See  www.aftertheasylum.com for more photos and video.

Michelle doesn’t remember when she first heard them. Even as a child the voices always seemed to be in the background. They felt comforting. Reassurin(...)

‘I begged the staff to let me end the pregnancy to save the baby . . . I turned up in [a Dublin maternity hospital] because I knew I would be safe (...)