The Mental Health Commission noted in its 2017 annual report the inability of CAMHS workers to admit children after hours, ‘thereby forcing’ them to look to adult units instead.

There has been a fall in the number of staff employed in the HSE’s youth mental health services, with 26 fewer employed in September compared to the b(...)

Karl Collins (second from left) pictured with with his family Aisling,  John, Roslyn, Irene, Pat  Jennifer and Maria: “Karl was a joy to be around. He lit up a room and you always knew you would have fun in his presence,” says Aisling

Karl Collins checked himself into Sligo’s St Columba’s mental health hospital at 9am on April 1, 2017. He was suffering from extreme anxiety and catas(...)

 Ashimedua Okonkwo  told the High Court she was admitted to practice as a solicitor in Ireland in 2013, holds a Masters Degree in Law from TCD, and is about to receive a Doctorate in Law from the same university. Photograph: Collins Courts

A solicitor has claimed she was subjected to discriminatory remarks because she is “a woman and a black African” when she sought to represent a client(...)

On Friday, in Mountjoy main prison, 227 prisoners were on a protection regime, meaning they are locked up for at least 19 hours a day. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over half of the prisoners in the country’s biggest prison, Mountjoy, are currently in protection regimes for their own safety due to gang violence. (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “There are many complex strands to this work.” Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

The Government has allocated €3 million next year for the establishment of a scheme to replace the much-criticised ward-of-court system, less than a t(...)

If implemented immediately the court ruling would have led to the immediate release of 93 involuntary patients, including 15 from the Central Mental Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government does not intend to appeal a court ruling which found nearly 100 people are being unconstitutionally detained in mental health facilitie(...)

John Farrelly (left), the new CEO of the Mental Health Commission has said he wants to ensure the commission plays “a central role in the ongoing transformation of mental health services”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

The new chief executive officer of the Mental Health Commission has said he wants to ensure the commission plays “a central role in the ongoing transf(...)

“When a family member applies to have another family member involuntarily detained, it can have a lasting and sometimes negative impact on the family relationship,”says  Rosemary Smyth of the Mental Health Commission.

Mentally ill people are being involuntarily detained on foot of applications by family members instead of HSE personnel far too often, Ireland’s ment(...)

Pictured during a mock mental health tribunal are (from left) Dr Maria Frampton, tribunal consultant; Ann Donnell, tribunal chair, and Mary Rose Tobin, tribunal lay member. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The process for being locked up against your will as a result of a mental illness is surprisingly simple. First a competent adult fills out a form – (...)

 Inspectors identified problems in relation to staffing availability, consent to treatment and individual care plans. File photograph: Frank Miller

Concerns have been raised around the welfare of residents in two mental health facilities in Cork and Dublin after inspectors identified problems in r(...)

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