John Farrelly

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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(...)

Prolonged stays of people experiencing mental illness in acute mental health units is having a significant impact on access to beds. Photograph: Getty Images

An “almost total absence” of community mental health supports across the State has been criticised in a new discussion paper from the Mental Health Co(...)

The inspection report states that during administration of ECT for one patient, during which small electric currents are passed through the brain, written consent was not obtained for the eighth and ninth treatment session at the hospital.

A mental health centre in Co Laois carried out electro-compulsive therapy (ECT) on a patient without obtaining proper consent, constituting a breach o(...)

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin: The commission has been calling for legislation to ensure the laws governing the physical restraint of individuals are fit for purpose. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital was kept in seclusion for 111 hours on a single occasion last year, according to a report that is highly crit(...)

The 39-bed Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital said the issue was now high risk. Photograph: Google Street View

A Dublin mental health centre has failed to comply with the code of practice on physical restraint for four consecutive years, an inspection report ha(...)

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