‘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(...)

Joe Holbeach at his home in Lurgan. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

To this day, Joe Holbeach battles the demons that tell him to end his own life. Twenty years after the Good Friday agreement, Northern Ireland has on(...)

Sport for all: Leinster rugby player Joe Tomane at the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camp at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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A file image from July 21st, 1972 showing emergency crews at the scene of an explosion in Belfast. This day, when a total of 27 bombs were detonated in Northern Ireland, later became known as Bloody Friday. Photograph: PA

The Troubles had a very detrimental impact on the mental health and suicidal behaviours of Northern Ireland citizens, new research by Ulster Universit(...)

Northern Ireland: new research links   mental health issues  to  the Troubles, which included Bloody Sunday and its aftermath. Photograph: William L Rukeyser/Getty

Almost twice as many people living in the most deprived areas of Northern Ireland are showing signs of mental health issues compared to their counter(...)

“We need to teach children to programme their brains to self-regulate when faced with stressful situations”

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If you stick to disposable nappies, make a point of piling your trolley high whenever they are on special offer and you will cut your bill in half

First-time parents are – generally speaking – clueless. It’s hardly their fault. They want to do the best for their children and are overcome with (...)

 Northern Ireland Statistic and Research Agency (NISRA) figures show that a total of 3,288 suicides were registered in Northern Ireland from the beginning of 1998 to the end of 2012 - 77% were men. The 2012 figures are provisional. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Almost as many people have died from suicide in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday agreement as were killed during the entire Tr(...)

Almost four out of five people who died by suicide in Northern Ireland suffered relationship problems in the lead-up to their deaths. Stock photograph: Getty Images

Almost four out of five people who died by suicide in Northern Ireland suffered relationship problems in the lead-up to their deaths, a new analysis o(...)