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# Mental Health Services

This year
Closure of psychiatric unit in St James's Hospital labelled 'seriously concerning' by nurses
The unit equates to almost half of the available beds for the mental health services in St James’s Hospital.
Varadkar: 'There are a lot of good things about being a child in Ireland, but huge deficits too'
In the last two weeks, two significant reports have highlighted serious failings in the care for children in the state.
Last year
Kerry gardaí considering CAMHS report to see if there are 'grounds' for criminal investigation
The Taoiseach said earlier that the findings will be addressed in a “non-adversarial way”.
All time
Over 1,800 people restrained or secluded by mental health services in 2020
The Mental Health Commission has said that there is no therapeutic benefit to restraints.
Opinion: 'I tried to take my own life more than once and felt the compassion of staff begin to fade'
On World Suicide Prevention Day our reader details her struggles and experience of the Irish mental health services.
New 24-hour mental health information line launched to help people access services
The Your Mental Health information line can be reached on 1800 742 444.
'Patients will suffer': Psychiatric nurses' overtime ban reinstated after pay talks break down
Fianna Fáil TD James Browne said the overtime ban will lead to service disruption and cancellations for patients.
Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours
As of 7am this morning, psychiatric nurses have not been carrying out work beyond their contracted hours.
HSE spend on agency staff in mental health services rose €38m in last four years
Close to €13 million was spent in the first three months of this year on agency staff.
'I stopped eating for days at a time, having no appetite or will to carry on and live'
“There are plenty of people in the same situation as me. Many are even worse off. Don’t we deserve the chance to get better?”
Just 230 out of 750 mental health posts approved since 2015 have been filled
Some €70 million in funding was announced over 2015-2016.
Child waiting over 3 years for mental health assessment, Taoiseach told
There are 6,000 children waiting for primary care psychology appointments, the Dáil was told today.
'No one should suffer alone, suicide is a community issue and everyone's business'
It’s World Suicide Prevention Day today. Here’s what events are happening to mark it.
Roscommon mental health services failed to report risk of 'inappropriate sexual behaviour'
A report was was commissioned into the services after allegations of sexual exploitation at one of its facilities.
'The government have put their funding into mental health campaigns rather than services'
If we’re going to ask people to talk up, then we must have people to listen, writes Una Power.
'My son wants to be dead. He is ten years of age'
An emotive letter from a concerned mother was read in the Dail today by Independent TD Mick Wallace.
Depression, bipolar and borderline personality disorder: A long road to diagnosis speaks to three young people living with mental health conditions.
FactCheck: Did only 10 TDs really show up to debate mental health last night?’s FactCheck does a double take on some claims that went viral last night.
Report that mental health funding to be diverted to "more politically sensitive" areas condemned
The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and Mental Health Reform have expressed their “dismay”.
13 people using mental health services in Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary took their own lives
The state’s mental health watchdog has found training for mental health service providers was inadequate.
Get treated anywhere in the EU and the HSE can pick up the bill
There has been an office in place to administer the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive since February.
Mental health facility still unsuitable after €1.2 million refurbishment
An area of University Hospital Waterford was found to have “no seating area, no dining facility and no walkabout space”.
Kathleen Lynch: 'I've visited mental health centres, there are very few issues'
The Mental Health Minister said occasionally wards would be full when beds were free.
Investigation finds child was left in an adult psychiatric ward for weeks
There was a vacancy in a children’s ward, but staff were unaware of it.
'Upbeat' radio station aims to start positive conversation about mental health
The pop-up radio station is live all this week.
Why were 75% of unexplained deaths in mental health services not reported correctly?
A previous report found that 25% of deaths had not been reported correctly.
Mental health services still show signs of 'institutional care'
The Inspectorate of Mental Health Services found some of the hostels “too big”.
Trial sees volunteers befriend mental health service users
A controlled trial saw that a small investment led to big benefits for building confidence and reducing isolation.
Discrimination experienced by 79 per cent of people with depression
The survey showed 34 per cent believe they had been avoided or shunned because of their mental health problems.
Unemployed "two or three times more likely" to die by suicide - TD
Suicidology organisation’s president and TD does concede that high rate of suicide among unemployed linked to those with psychiatric illness being less likely to have a job.
Column: Mentally ill patients don’t deserve to be locked up
Locking people alone in rooms isn’t a treatment for mental illness – so why are we still doing it, asks Orla Barry of Mental Health Reform.
HSE's €103m budget overrun
Highest portion budget deficit recorded at HSE West.
Mental health services in freefall
20% of psychiatric nurses have retired.