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# 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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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.

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

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.

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

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”.