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#MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2001

# mental-health-act-2001 - Saturday 22 May, 2021

'Role of family' in mental health patients' care to be considered in new legislation
# Treatment
# Treatment

'Role of family' in mental health patients' care to be considered in new legislation

May 22nd 2021, 12:43 PM 14,303 Views 25 Comments

The Department of Health is looking at the role of patients’ relatives in mental health treatment and care.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Loophole means 'voluntary' mental health patients have diminished right to appeal detention
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Loophole means 'voluntary' mental health patients have diminished right to appeal detention

Apr 20th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,714 Views 2 Comments

It’s been almost six years since reforms of the Ireland’s mental health laws were recommended.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Monday 8 July, 2019

Reform of Ireland's mental health laws delayed as heads of bill not expected until the end of the year
# MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2001
# MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2001

Reform of Ireland's mental health laws delayed as heads of bill not expected until the end of the year

Jul 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 8,426 Views 2 Comments

It’s been four years since an expert group tasked with reviewing the Mental Health Act 2001 recommended 165 changes to the law.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Mental health patients to be re-examined due to emergency legislation to address 'unconstitutional' law
# Detention
# Detention

Mental health patients to be re-examined due to emergency legislation to address 'unconstitutional' law

Sep 13th 2018, 6:01 AM 10,157 Views 1 Comment

A total of 124 patients who have been involuntarily detained will have to be ex-examined by their consultant psychiatrists.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

Minister to draft emergency legislation after court finds part of mental health law is unconstitutional
# Patient Detention
# Patient Detention

Minister to draft emergency legislation after court finds part of mental health law is unconstitutional

Jun 13th 2018, 6:15 AM 12,357 Views 6 Comments

Under the current law, patients can be detained under renewal orders for periods not exceeding six and 12 months.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Sunday 15 April, 2018

'The de facto detained are still there': Voluntary patients still held without review due to delays in law reform
# BEHIND THE WALLS
# BEHIND THE WALLS

'The de facto detained are still there': Voluntary patients still held without review due to delays in law reform

Apr 15th 2018, 6:30 AM 12,846 Views 14 Comments

Three years ago the government committed to overhauling Ireland’s mental health laws – we’re still waiting.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Wednesday 14 March, 2018

'Committing' the homeless during Storm Emma: An improper use of the Mental Health Act 2001?
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Committing' the homeless during Storm Emma: An improper use of the Mental Health Act 2001?

Mar 14th 2018, 7:00 AM 20,183 Views 54 Comments

In the past, archaic mental health laws and cases in this country have been tenuous, to say the least, writes Mairead Leen.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Sunday 5 October, 2014

Electroshock still used without consent despite promises
# ECT
# ECT

Electroshock still used without consent despite promises

Oct 5th 2014, 8:15 AM 10,098 Views 54 Comments

The expert group are due to give their report to the minister soon.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Number of admission assistants for mental health patients halved since 2007
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Number of admission assistants for mental health patients halved since 2007

Jul 24th 2013, 6:45 AM 3,983 Views 19 Comments

Six years ago, there were over 80 ‘Authorised Officers’ – mental heath care professionals who can help families with admission of a loved one to an approved centre – in Ireland. Today, there are just 40.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

The ‘defacto detained’: How voluntary patients can be held without review
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

The ‘defacto detained’: How voluntary patients can be held without review

Jul 23rd 2013, 9:34 PM 33,998 Views 86 Comments

Under the current Mental Health Act, while involuntary patients are entitled to a have their detention reviewed by a mental health tribunal, voluntary patients are not afforded the same rights.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Monday 22 July, 2013

Minister Lynch: ‘Unwilling’ patients no longer to receive electric shock therapy
# Mary Raftery Fund
# Mary Raftery Fund

Minister Lynch: ‘Unwilling’ patients no longer to receive electric shock therapy

Jul 22nd 2013, 9:24 PM 14,658 Views 100 Comments

Patients who refuse to give their consent will no longer be forced to have the controversial treatment under new laws.

# mental-health-act-2001 - Sunday 19 August, 2012

Law reform could expedite appeals over mental health detention
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Law reform could expedite appeals over mental health detention

Aug 19th 2012, 8:45 AM 5,199 Views 41 Comments

The length of time to appeal being institutionalised may be shortened if changes to the Mental Health Act are introduced. Campaigners say it is not enough to address the issue of “involuntary detention”.