Inspectors identified problems in relation to staffing availability, consent to treatment and individual care plans. File photograph: Frank Miller

Concerns have been raised around the welfare of residents in two mental health facilities in Cork and Dublin after inspectors identified problems in r(...)

There is evidence to show therapy chatbots can be an effective way of calming people, according to Prof Paul Walsh from Cork Institute of Technology. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

A welcome conversation surrounding mental health has arisen but as more people make the decision to reach out, too few find a supportive hand. Not a (...)

Molly Twomey: “An eating disorder is a coping mechanism for everything you’ve suppressed and it was very difficult to feel all the pain and heartbreak that I’d used my eating disorder to cope with.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It’s damaging to have too strict a definition of an eating disorder. So says Molly Twomey, a 22-year-old student who has blogged about her experience (...)

'Years of deliberately-ignored reports caused chairman of the Mental Health Commission John Saunders to call out the Government.' Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is a rare and refreshing event when a statutory body bites the hand that feeds it. Such organisations worry that any blunt criticism of government (...)

Jim Daly says the government is working on a ‘radical’ transformation of mental health services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Government is working on a “radical” transformation of mental health services by directing sufferers to the internet rather than visiting doctors (...)

The commission noted the inability of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services workers to admit children after hours. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of children placed in adult mental health units rose by 20 per cent last year despite repeated calls for the practice to end. The Mental H(...)

A patient is prepared to receive ECT at a hospital in North Carolina. Photograph: Getty Images

A law curtailing the use of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) on involuntary mental health patients did not result in fewer people receiving the treatm(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: We need to find a way we can have accountability at regional level.

The Government wants to pare back the existing HSE structures and devolve more to the regions, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Answeri(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said it is “not acceptable” Dr  Gabriel Scally is facing resistance from State bodies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The chair of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy has criticised the Health Service Executive for a continuing delay in providing do(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris will bring the Heads of the Patient Safety Bill to Cabinet.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nine new legal cases have been initiated against the National Screening Service by women claiming their cervical cancer was misdiagnosed. The State C(...)

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