New standards are to be developed for the health and social care sectors to safeguard vulnerable adults and to protect them from physical, financial, (...)

Many State facilities are not respectful of residents ‘ privacy, dignity and autonomy’. Photograph: iStock

The mental health watchdog has issued a scathing report into conditions in many of the State’s community residences for mentally ill or intellectually(...)

A resident of a Co Cork psychiatric centre was given the wrong medication for a period of time as their name was misspelt on a prescription record, inspectors from the Mental Health Commission have found.

A resident of a Co Cork psychiatric centre was given the wrong medication for a period of time as their name was misspelt on a prescription record, in(...)

Children continue to be admitted to adult mental health facilities deemed inappropriate to their needs, a new series of reports has found, despite str(...)

Psychiatric nurses at University Hospital Waterford are refusing to carry out non-nursing duties as part of  industrial action.

Psychiatric nurses in Waterford and Kilkenny are refusing to carry out non-nursing duties as part of a campaign of industrial action against overcrowd(...)

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he was “completely open-minded” about suggestions for changes to the ward of court system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, has warned against the “exaggeration” of deficits in the ward of court system, under which or(...)

An international study found  the number of involuntary admissions to psychiatric care in Ireland had risen from 46.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 52.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016.

A new international study has criticised Ireland for its lack of reform in the mental health sector despite Vision for Change, which it described as “(...)

A person whose decision-making capacity is in question should be as free as anyone else to make decisions. The  Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act will help. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Do you know where you are?” “Do you know what date it is?” “Can you name the Taoiseach?” “Can you spell ‘world’ backwards?” These questions are f(...)

The Central Mental Hospital in  Dundrum: the report found 11 areas where the facility failed to meet required standards

Patients at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin, were not provided with any food after 5pm, and kitchens in the hospital did not meet hygi(...)

Many people have experienced hope and recovery through the Grow organisation.

As a self-confessed pessimist, I often shy away from hope. I don’t mean that I am sunk in despair – I have no right to be: I’ve had a charmed life, fr(...)

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