Report shows gardaí are four times more likely to suffer from stress, depression and anxiety, compared with the general population. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Psychotherapists Linda Balfe and Paula Richards have spent years dealing with gardaí who have suffered from their experiences on the job: the brutalit(...)

A new socioeconomic term, “the precariat”, was being used for workers affected by the current precarious nature of employment, and this was having further impacts on mental health. File photograph: Getty Images

“Extreme measures” taken by the Government during the recession contributed to a rise in suicides among vulnerable people, a conference has heard. Re(...)

A homeless person sheltering at the GPO in Dublin. In 2014, staff costs at the four main Dublin homeless agencies absorbed all funds allocated to them by the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The charities sector in Ireland is a pretty crowded space. There is also lots of duplication, which means it is quite territorial. It can make for i(...)

Smashing Times Theatre Company programmes involve theatre games and trust-building exercises.

Encouraging positive mental health and suicide prevention through drama is not a new approach. The Smashing Times Theatre Company has been working (...)

Vicky Kavanagh: ‘I went to work with a happy face but I was bottling up my emotions and not dealing with anything. I don’t know if I really wanted to end my life or just put it all on pause for a while.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pastoral care: from primary right through to third level, it rumbles in the background of every educator’s mind. How can teachers support and help (...)

Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children Jerry Buttimer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There is no evidence to suggest there is under-reporting of suicide in Ireland or that there’s an escalating rate of suicide, an Oireachtas health (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

Almost four out of five people who died by suicide in Northern Ireland suffered relationship problems in the lead-up to their deaths. Stock photograph: Getty Images

Almost four out of five people who died by suicide in Northern Ireland suffered relationship problems in the lead-up to their deaths, a new analysis o(...)

Limerick Fine Gael TD Dan Neville, president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, pointed out suicide rates were higher among young people, and among members of the Traveller community. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

The Traveller community in the midwest is coming to terms with the deaths by suicide of a teenage couple within the space of a few days.A 15-year-old (...)