Susan Finnerty

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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(...)

People with mental health problems often end up at A&E seeking help, but this is not an appropriate environment. That is like sending someone having a heart attack to run around in a gym. Photograph: iStock

Citizens are encouraged to talk and to seek help for mental health. When they do, they need to get it. Recently, a national 24-hour mental health phon(...)

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(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said children should only be admitted to an adult service “in exceptional circumstances”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Children continue to be admitted to adult mental health units despite a lack of age-appropriate facilities, according to the Mental Health Commission.(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said the short-sightedness of not providing adequate services has led to long-term neglect of people with serious and enduring mental illnesses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A large number of people remain “trapped” in inpatient mental health units, often for years, due to a lack of rehabilitation services for them, accord(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, found ‘continuing breaches of human rights’ in residences.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The safety of more than 1,000 highly vulnerable people with severe mental health illnesses cannot be guaranteed unless their residences are regulated,(...)

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked in seclusion for more than 71 days in 2018, according to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked away in seclusion for more than 71 days last year, according to the Mental Health Commis(...)

A file photograph of Dr Susan Finnerty (right) the Inspector of Mental Health Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A “lingering complacency” remains around restrictive practices such as physical restraint and seclusion in mental health services, according to the St(...)

Many of those who live in mental health units are vulnerable and elderly, have poor communication abilities and are at high risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of vulnerable people with severe mental illness are being denied access to essential physical healthcare services, in breach of their human (...)

Inspection of the 50-bed acute adult mental health unit at University Hospital Galway  took place last November.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mental Health Commission has raised concerns about aspects of the use of physical restraints at a mental health unit in Galway. The concerns foll(...)

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