John Farrelly

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MHC chief executive John Farrelly says: ‘Maintaining close linkages with friends, family and their community during their illness contributes to a reduction in stigmatisation of patients.’ File photograph: iStock

The practice of sending people with serious mental illness 50km away from their homes for inpatient treatment has been criticised by the head of the (...)

In one centre visited that year, inspectors found bins overflowing and thick cobwebs on the ceiling. Photograph: iStock

Many residents in mental health facilities are living in cramped and dirty rooms, with the unsuitable conditions a result of “years of neglect”, accor(...)

A file image of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin which Mental Health Commission chief John Farrelly said would  move to Portrane in north county Dublin in early 2021. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The head of the Mental Health Commission has expressed concern about people, who are not properly trained or qualified, trying to support people onlin(...)

The number of residents with confirmed cases of the virus also increased in the first two weeks of the year from 15 to 61. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of mental health facilities that have reported suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 has more than tripled in the first two weeks of the(...)

Mental health service users  in long-term residential units may be particularly susceptible to developing Covid-19 because of pre-existing medical conditions and other factors. Photograph: Istock

Mental health services across the State have been urged to show they can identify and manage risks related to the progression of Covid-19, the chief e(...)

Covid pandemic has had ‘extraordinary impact on the mental health and quality of life of the Irish people’

Urgent action is needed to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in mental health residential settings, the chief executive of (...)

According to Mental Health Commission chief executive John Farrelly,   the timeframes for staff testing are not acceptable. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) has criticised “unacceptable” delays in Covid-19 testing of staff in mental health units. The commission says ther(...)

The Mental Health Commission is concerned about ‘significant inconsistencies’ in the application of guidance relating to the testing of mental health staff. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

The Mental Health Commission is concerned about “significant inconsistencies” in the application of guidance relating to the testing of mental health (...)

 Aer Lingus planes grounded at Dublin Airport due to Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The first faint stirrings of economic revival are in the air. Denmark is planning to start reopening schools next week and Austria has announced a pha(...)

 Mental Health Commission chairman John Saunders (left), chief executive John Farrelly (right) and  Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly at the launch of the commission’s plan for 2019-2022. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Despite the “Hollywood version” of electroconvulsive therapy, the often controversial treatment has been found to benefit the vast majority of patient(...)

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