Mental health organisations all report increased demand, with many reporting increased suicidality among clients, callers and texters. Photograph: iStock

Despite many commentators’ worst fears, and the dire circumstances thrust upon many people by the Covid crisis, suicides have not increased in the pas(...)

 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(...)

John O’Donovan: ‘My fear is that I’d come back and the same old style of politics would mean I’d have to emigrate again’.

I’m in a long-distance relationship with Ireland, and every visit home I curse austerity for driving us apart. I come back to Ireland a lot now, but e(...)

Prof Ella Arensman: Ireland lacks “an effective mental-health programme at both primary and second-level education.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A school-based pilot programme which has been shown to counteract the incidence of depression and self-harm among teenagers in Cork and Kerry should b(...)

 Ireland recorded 392 suicides last year. Photograph: iStock

Suicide is a major problem in the modern world. Little progress was made for many years developing programmes to reduce suicide rates but encouraging (...)

Mental health has been defined as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses(...)

Fintan and Gabrielle, during the 1990s, on holiday in the US.

Him: “Would you miss me if I was gone?” Her: “Are you talking about . . . suicide?” Him: “. . . Yes” This was an unsettling conversation that was rel(...)

Some studies suggest that as many as four out of five people under 25 who die by suicide have self-harmed. Photograph: iStock

Looking in from outside, it’s hard to understand why anybody would choose to deliberately cause physical injury to their own body. And it’s even hard(...)

Fiona and Tim Tuomey are continuing to campaign for the establishment of an independent Suicide Prevention Authority. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Eleven-year-old Milly Tuomey said she often could not get her mind off the thought “of killing myself” when responding to a Health Service Executive q(...)


The mother of Milly Tuomey, an 11-year-old girl who took her own life weeks after posting a message on Instagram that she was unhappy with her appeara(...)

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