John Farrelly (left), the new CEO of the Mental Health Commission has said he wants to ensure the commission plays “a central role in the ongoing transformation of mental health services”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

The new chief executive officer of the Mental Health Commission has said he wants to ensure the commission plays “a central role in the ongoing transf(...)

“When a family member applies to have another family member involuntarily detained, it can have a lasting and sometimes negative impact on the family relationship,”says  Rosemary Smyth of the Mental Health Commission.

Mentally ill people are being involuntarily detained on foot of applications by family members instead of HSE personnel far too often, Ireland’s ment(...)

Pictured during a mock mental health tribunal are (from left) Dr Maria Frampton, tribunal consultant; Ann Donnell, tribunal chair, and Mary Rose Tobin, tribunal lay member. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The process for being locked up against your will as a result of a mental illness is surprisingly simple. First a competent adult fills out a form – (...)

 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(...)

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