Prolonged stays of people experiencing mental illness in acute mental health units is having a significant impact on access to beds. Photograph: Getty Images

An “almost total absence” of community mental health supports across the State has been criticised in a new discussion paper from the Mental Health Co(...)

People with mental health problems often end up at A&E seeking help, but this is not an appropriate environment. That is like sending someone having a heart attack to run around in a gym. Photograph: iStock

Citizens are encouraged to talk and to seek help for mental health. When they do, they need to get it. Recently, a national 24-hour mental health phon(...)

A scheme to replace the   wards of court system has been delayed again due to lack of funding.  Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

A scheme to replace the almost 150-year-old wards of court system has been delayed again due to lack of funding. The Decision Support Service (DSS),(...)

The inspection report states that during administration of ECT for one patient, during which small electric currents are passed through the brain, written consent was not obtained for the eighth and ninth treatment session at the hospital.

A mental health centre in Co Laois carried out electro-compulsive therapy (ECT) on a patient without obtaining proper consent, constituting a breach o(...)

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin: The commission has been calling for legislation to ensure the laws governing the physical restraint of individuals are fit for purpose. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital was kept in seclusion for 111 hours on a single occasion last year, according to a report that is highly crit(...)

The 39-bed Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital said the issue was now high risk. Photograph: Google Street View

A Dublin mental health centre has failed to comply with the code of practice on physical restraint for four consecutive years, an inspection report ha(...)

Additional women who contacted the 221+ Patient Support Group on foot of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists review are likely to qualify for the same supports that were made available to the original group when the CervicalCheck controversy erupted last year. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Another 60 women have applied to join the support group for those affected by the CervicalCheck controversy after an independent review of their smear(...)

Siptu said the HSE would pay out over €200m on agency personnel this year.

The Health Service Executive has had to pay compensation of up to €10,000 in some cases to employment agencies when it wanted to offer permanent posts(...)

The union’s health division chief Paul Bell told the committee ‘the system of approval for the filling of vacancies  . . . is designed to frustrate’. File photograph: Alan Betson

There are more than 2,600 fewer staff working in mental health services than recommended in the official Government policy for the sector, the HSE has(...)

The Mental Health Commission recommends 48 rehabilitative teams, but the State has only 23. File photograph: iStock

The lack of long-term rehabilitative services means that adults with acute mental health issues “are falling through the gaps” and not receiving the s(...)

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