Changes planned by the Department of Health intend to significantly strengthen protections for patients who are detained against their will in mental health institutions. Photograph: iStock

The Government says it will significantly strengthen protections for patients who are detained against their will in mental health institutions. The (...)

The father of a young man who was committed to psychiatric care against his will last month has appealed for his release.  File photograph: Thinkstock

The father of a young man committed to psychiatric care against his will last month has appealed for his release. Peter (not his real name) says his (...)

The figures show a 20% rise in tribunal-related payments, from €6.4m in 2010 to €7.7m last year. Photographs: Getty Images/The Irish Times

Lawyers, psychiatrists and lay people have been paid more than €42 million for reviewing decisions to involuntarily detain mental health patients in h(...)

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people but statistics cannot convey the devastation and heartbreak of affected families or the impac(...)

 (From left) Patricia Gilheaney, chief executive, John Saunders chairman and Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector Mental Health Services at the publication of the  Mental Health Commission annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Less than 10 per cent of mental health facilities inspected last year were fully compliant with legal requirements, according to the Mental Health Com(...)

The adult psychiatric unit of St Luke’s hospital in Kilkenny was deemed to be non-compliant for 8 out of 13 criteria inspected during an unannounced visit by the commission. Image: Google Streetview

Mental Health Commission reports have highlighted a number of high-risk practices taking place in psychiatric units in Kilkenny, Cavan and Dublin. Th(...)

In recent months, the conversation around ECT has focused on patient consent. Photograph: iStock

In the eyes of the public, electroconvulsive therapy isn’t particularly popular. “It’s an odd treatment in that it’s actually been around for 80 years(...)

Waterloo Exchange, at the intersection of Waterloo Road, Upper Baggot Street and Pembroke Road, was sold to Davy Real Estate in 2012 for €22.5m

The high-profile 1960s office building, originally known as St Martin’s House and recently renamed Waterloo Exchange, at the intersection of Waterloo (...)

A public protest against  ECT in Cork on Saturday. Photograph: MindFreedom Ireland

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) remains an outdated and unsafe form of psychiatric treatment contrary to recent studies and should be abolished as a f(...)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) provision at the acute psychiatric unit of Tallaght hospital was not in compliance with the code of practice, according to the Mental Health Commission. Photograph: The Irish Times

The way in which some patients are physically restrained and secluded, and the standard of some premises, are criticised in the latest inspection repo(...)

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