Start with a “how are you doing?” and, eventually, maybe ask the question “do you ever think life is not worth living?”

Myth 1 By asking somebody if they have considered suicide, you risk putting the idea into their head Absolutely not, and, by raising the subjec(...)

‘Loneliness and isolation are probably the main issues. We know that families are very important for people with mental health problems.’ Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 doesn’t just make people physically ill. It has also led to higher levels of anxiety and mental illness across Ireland. Combating it is no(...)

Therapy can form part of a suite of approaches to mental health during the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: iStock

I’ve named him Blossom, and he is an anxiety tiger. He’s nothing special: nearly everyone seems to have an anxiety tiger in these virus-ridden days. (...)

 Clinical guidelines to establish how best to treat those who self-harm was identified as a method to facilitate effective GP care.  Photograph: Thinkstock

GPs do not feel equipped to manage people who self-harm, with limited consultation times being a barrier to delivering good care, a new study has foun(...)

Joan Collins TD at Leinster House. Ms Collins is a member of the Oireachtas committee on key issues affecting the Traveller community. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coroners are to be asked to record the ethnicity of people who die by suicide, an Oireachtas committee has heard. John Meehan, head of the National (...)

The suicide rate has fallen to its lowest level this century, though an unknown number of cases go unreported, according to a new report. Provisional(...)

The Royal Dublin Society. Photograph: Dónal Murphy

For the tens of thousands who flock to the RDS every August, the buildings and showgrounds in Ballsbridge mean just one thing: horses. A highlight on (...)

Minister for health Simon Harris and Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health Jim Daly at the launch of the National Youth Mental Health Task Force Report. Photograph: Maxwell photography

There is no need for a new national suicide authority, Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly has said. Responding to a call by the parents of (...)

'One in four people will experience mental illness.'

Mental health matters to everyone but discussion of the topic is commonly undermined by myths and misunderstandings. Some of these myths have persiste(...)

Students Katie McCabe, Jay Pope and Ayrton Kelly at Outhouse on Capel Street, Dublin. Some 70% of LGBTI young people feel schools in Ireland are still not fully inclusive of these students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The election of Barack Obama heralded the end of racism in America, in much the same way as the marriage referendum in Ireland eradicated homophobia a(...)

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