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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) remains an outdated and unsafe form of psychiatric treatment contrary to recent studies and should be abolished as a f(...)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

The most common use for ECT is in the treatment of severe depression, for which it is a safe and effective treatment. Photograph: Thinkstock

Last week a recent amendment to mental health legislation regarding the administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to patients involuntarily ad(...)

Staff shortages at a mental health ward in a Dublin hospital are a critical risk to patients, the State watchdog for psychiatric care has warned.

Staff shortages in the St Aloysius mental health ward in the Mater Hospital in Dublin pose a critical risk to patients, the State’s Mental Health Comm(...)

Electro-convulsive therapy is a divisive approach to patient care with medical professionals both in support and opposition of its use. Photograph: Getty Images

The use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), seclusion and physical restraint in the treatment of psychiatric patients have all increased for the firs(...)

Mental health activists  launch their campaign for mental health funding in the budget outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The Government has not delivered on promises to stop admitting children to adult psychiatric facilities, according to an umbrella group for mental hea(...)

University Hospital Galway: Ray Walsh was found dead in the grounds of a Galway school eight days after leaving the hospital’s psychiatric unit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The sister of a Galway man whose body was found eight days after he had been reported missing from University Hospital Galway’s (UHG) psychiatric unit(...)

Phelim Quinn, chief executive of Hiqa, said ‘health professionals seem unable to distinguish between what is an acceptable and unacceptable standard of care’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Working for the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) can’t be easy. The organisation is in the news nearly every day and publishes several (...)

Fianna Fáil Colm Keaveney called the numbers a ‘damning indictment of mental health policy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fifty children with mental health problems have been admitted to adult psychiatric units so far this year, new figures reveal. The Health Service Exe(...)

A large GP practice, a hospice and patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial the new individual health identifiers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial individual health identifiers, a unique number which will eventually be given to every person (...)

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