While some posts are taken up at the tail-end of the year, these time-related savings aren’t fooling anyone.  Photograph: Getty Images

There is an alarm bell ringing across the mental health service. It’s the sound of anxiety that as demand rises and concern grows over suicide, cutbac(...)

Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch: ‘I know for a fact that we are taking out ‘unwilling’ from the ECT piece.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is planning to end the practice of administering electro-convulsive treatment (ECT) to patients who are unwilling to give consent to(...)

Michelle Dalton with her kitten Lisbeth. “Recovery depends on community support: having a network of friends and family.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien. See  www.aftertheasylum.com for more photos and video.

Michelle doesn’t remember when she first heard them. Even as a child the voices always seemed to be in the background. They felt comforting. Reassurin(...)

 Rory Doody has had mental health issues. He is now married with a family and works as a recovery development advocate with the Bantry-based Home Focus team, helping people with mental health problems.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.  See aftertheasylum.com for more photos and video

It feels sometimes as if he wasn’t there at all. It’s as if he was a spectator watching scenes in a movie of his life, played by an actor. Here’s one:(...)

Mags wakes up and waits for her heart to slow down. She feels like a woman pulled from a burning building: still not quite able to believe she’s sa(...)

Dr Patrick Devitt, inspector of mental health services, said nursing staff numbers continued to dwindle last year, while unfilled vacancies were resulting in professionals being pulled out of community services to plug gaps in inpatient care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The country’s mental health services are stagnant and in danger of slipping backwards as a result of dwindling staff numbers and poor governance, the (...)

Fine Gael Jerry Buttimer, chairman of the Oireachtas health committee, which is today holding its second day of  hearings on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Suicide in pregnancy was a real risk and did happen, president of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr Anthony McCarthy has told the Oire(...)

Seán Sherlock: Church should “carefully consider its position before making incendiary statements”

A Labour junior minister has warned the Catholic Church not to make “incendiary comments”(...)

On May 1st, Pat Kenny interviewed Minister for Health James Reilly on RTÉ Radio 1 about the abortion legislation currently going through the Oi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at a media briefing at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The mood of the Fine Gael parliamentary party moved firmly behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leadership in its suppor(...)

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