People with mental health problems often end up at A&E seeking help, but this is not an appropriate environment. That is like sending someone having a heart attack to run around in a gym. Photograph: iStock

Citizens are encouraged to talk and to seek help for mental health. When they do, they need to get it. Recently, a national 24-hour mental health phon(...)

Narcissistic traits are not a problem unless that aspect of someone’s personality causes them problems. ‘Everyone needs a little bit of narcissism in order to self-care and have healthy self-esteem,’ says consultant psychiatrist Dr Caragh Behan

Huge strides have been made in building awareness among the public of the importance of good mental health, and the language of mental health is incre(...)

Kate Moore: ‘No child should have to feel alone in the face of mental illness’. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

No Child 2020 is an editorial initiative by The Irish Times. Its purpose is to give voice to children, to explore the problems facing children in Irel(...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: also confirmed a counselling service was available to TDs, Senators and staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs and Senators are to be given training on ways they can assist constituents who present with mental health difficulties. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

There are currently 2,419 children and young people with mental health disorders on the waiting list for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Many of the 2,400-plus children on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting list should not be on the list at all, however it h(...)

 Prof Veronica O’Keane: accessing abortion through the Act is a “lottery” and dependent on which psychiatrist the distressed woman or girl attends. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is “unworkable” for women and girls, and “unfair” on psychiatrists, leading practitioners have warned. J(...)

Repeal the Eighth?: allowing Ireland to vote on abortion would do psychiatrists, and girls like the one at the centre of this case, a service. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

We don’t like to think about the trauma for a child of becoming pregnant, but it happens. And when it does we hope that she will be shown all the comp(...)

In the words of Oscar Wilde, a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Based on what we have learned about mental h(...)

Kathleen Lynch: published the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act 2001 last month

Last month, Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch published the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act 2001. The report presents(...)

The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act (PLDP Act) was signed into law in July last year and became operative at the start of 2014. This la(...)

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