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'Role of family' in mental health patients' care to be considered in new legislation
The Department of Health is looking at the role of patients’ relatives in mental health treatment and care.
Loophole means 'voluntary' mental health patients have diminished right to appeal detention
It’s been almost six years since reforms of the Ireland’s mental health laws were recommended.
Reform of Ireland's mental health laws delayed as heads of bill not expected until the end of the year
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 patients to be re-examined due to emergency legislation to address 'unconstitutional' law
A total of 124 patients who have been involuntarily detained will have to be ex-examined by their consultant psychiatrists.
Minister to draft emergency legislation after court finds part of mental health law is unconstitutional
Under the current law, patients can be detained under renewal orders for periods not exceeding six and 12 months.
'The de facto detained are still there': Voluntary patients still held without review due to delays in law reform
Three years ago the government committed to overhauling Ireland’s mental health laws – we’re still waiting.
'Committing' the homeless during Storm Emma: An improper use of the Mental Health Act 2001?
In the past, archaic mental health laws and cases in this country have been tenuous, to say the least, writes Mairead Leen.
Electroshock still used without consent despite promises
The expert group are due to give their report to the minister soon.
Number of admission assistants for mental health patients halved since 2007
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.
The ‘defacto detained’: How voluntary patients can be held without review
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.
Minister Lynch: ‘Unwilling’ patients no longer to receive electric shock therapy
Patients who refuse to give their consent will no longer be forced to have the controversial treatment under new laws.
Law reform could expedite appeals over mental health detention
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”.