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(...)

The standards were drawn up following the   chief medical officer’s 2014 report into Portlaoise Hospital Maternity Services which identified problems in the reporting of risk across the health service.

Serious incidents in hospitals will have to be notified by law within 24 hours and a preliminary assessment will have to be completed within five work(...)

‘Contracts are written in complicated language, they need to be simplified,’ Sage said

The current approach to signing contracts for entering nursing homes can be too casual and may even be illegal, support and advocacy for the elderly a(...)

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lawyers, psychiatrists and others have been paid almost €50 million for reviewing decisions to detain mental health patients in hospitals involuntaril(...)

John Saunders: “These residences are not regulated and yet they provide care to a large number of vulnerable people with mental illness.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mental Health Commission has again called on the Government to give it powers to regulate community-based care services where an increasing number(...)

Lois Bridge, located in north Co Dublin, is the only dedicated residential facility which treats anorexia, bulimia and binge eating

A new inspection of mental health facilities around Ireland has found two facilities with “high” risk ratings attached to certain areas of their servi(...)

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