‘Loneliness and isolation are probably the main issues. We know that families are very important for people with mental health problems.’ Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 doesn’t just make people physically ill. It has also led to higher levels of anxiety and mental illness across Ireland. Combating it is no(...)

NSRF chief scientist Prof Ella Arensman stressed the focus of suicide prevention policy should be on targeted supports for priority groups. File photograph: Eric Luke

Hospital presentations as a result of self-harm dropped by an estimated 25 per cent at the height of coronavirus restrictions compared with the same t(...)

Professor Ella Arensman is director of research at the National Suicide Research Foundation. Photograph: Eric Luke

The rate of suicide in Ireland rose 15 per cent during the height of the recession, with the increase accounted for mainly by more men taking their l(...)

Questioning: Mary McAleese. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

On Tuesday the Glasgow-based ‘Herald’ newspaper published comments by former Irish president Mary McAleese on gay priests. She said that “a very large(...)