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(...)

The four centres against which action was taken by the Mental Health Commission included   St Aloysius ward at Dublin’s  Mater Hospital,  as well as the department of psychiatry in Connolly Hospital, LeBrun and Whitethorn House, in the Vergemount Mental Health Facility, Clonskeagh, Dublin and the acute mental health unit in Cork University Hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Enforcement action has been taken against four inpatient psychiatric facilities over failures to meet appropriate standards following inspections, the(...)

In family life, gender equality and women’s health, we have shown a determination to move forward, to change our attitudes and to show great compassion and respect. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Twenty five years ago I was on some of the first teams that began closing down large asylums and setting up mental health community and day services. (...)

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(...)

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