A file photograph of Dr Susan Finnerty (right) the Inspector of Mental Health Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A “lingering complacency” remains around restrictive practices such as physical restraint and seclusion in mental health services, according to the St(...)

Many of those who live in mental health units are vulnerable and elderly, have poor communication abilities and are at high risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of vulnerable people with severe mental illness are being denied access to essential physical healthcare services, in breach of their human (...)

Chairman of the Mental Health Commission John Saunders. A report by the commission on five centres in counties Clare, Sligo, Tipperary, Cork and Dublin says eight incidents of “critical risk” to patient welfare were detected in addition to 27 “high risk” failings. FIle photograph: Alan Betson

Children were sharing bathrooms with adult patients in an acute psychiatric unit while 20 patients shared one bath and one shower in another facility,(...)

Dirty and unfurnished rooms, inadequate toilet facilities, broken ceilings-panes, under-trained staff, inadequate space and no privacy are among the b(...)

Inspection of the 50-bed acute adult mental health unit at University Hospital Galway  took place last November.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mental Health Commission has raised concerns about aspects of the use of physical restraints at a mental health unit in Galway. The concerns foll(...)

The Mental Health Commission published a report in 2018, that found children continue to be admitted to adult mental health facilities deemed inappropriate to their needs. Photograph: iStock

Children with severe mental health problems are being admitted to adult psychiatric wards, due to a lack of age-appropriate facilities. Concerned par(...)

Just 29 per cent of service users said they had a good experience of HSE mental health services overall. Illustration: iStock

High levels of dissatisfaction with mental health services provided by the HSE among users and their families and carers are revealed in two surveys p(...)

The HSE was fined €5,200  over the condition of St Luke’s psychiatric unit. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Conditions found by inspectors in a HSE psychiatric unit were a physical manifestation of a lack of care afforded to mental health patients, a judge h(...)

At the launch of the Mental Health Commission’s Strategic Plan were, from left, John Saunders, chairman of the Mental Health Commission, Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly and John Farrelly, chief executive of the Mental Health Commission. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Mental Health Commission is adopting a “very low tolerance for non-compliance” from service providers, its chairman said on Thursday. Adherence (...)

  Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital had two areas of non-compliance rated as critical risk, relating to individual care plans and to the code of practice on physical restraint. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The policies of two psychiatric units in relation to the physical restraint of patients have been described as “totally unacceptable” by the State’s m(...)

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