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#Mental Health Commission

# mental-health-commission - Friday 18 December, 2020

Over 1,700 people restrained or secluded in mental health services in Ireland last year
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Over 1,700 people restrained or secluded in mental health services in Ireland last year

Dec 18th 2020, 6:30 AM 10,354 Views 12 Comments

“The fact that we are still using handcuffs to restrain people sends out all the wrong messages,” according to the Mental Health Commission.

# mental-health-commission - Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Sensitive patient records were left exposed on wards at mental health facility in Dublin, report finds
# INspections
# INspections

Sensitive patient records were left exposed on wards at mental health facility in Dublin, report finds

Oct 28th 2020, 4:42 PM 18,300 Views 10 Comments

Two residents’ clinical files were left on the nurses’ station unattended and a filing cabinet was left unlocked.

# mental-health-commission - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

'Surge in demand' for mental health services anticipated due to pandemic, committee warned
# Covid Committee
# Covid Committee

'Surge in demand' for mental health services anticipated due to pandemic, committee warned

Updated Jul 14th 2020, 2:19 PM 15,126 Views 12 Comments

Two sittings took place today at 9am and 11.30am.

# mental-health-commission - Thursday 2 July, 2020

'Second-class citizens': Report finds significant issues in 'outdated' and 'dirty' mental health centres
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

'Second-class citizens': Report finds significant issues in 'outdated' and 'dirty' mental health centres

Jul 2nd 2020, 12:05 AM 12,613 Views 13 Comments

The commission took 40 enforcement actions against 31 centres which were non-compliant last year.

# mental-health-commission - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Covid-19: Concerns over testing in mental health facilities as new cases fall
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Covid-19: Concerns over testing in mental health facilities as new cases fall

May 26th 2020, 11:43 AM 9,122 Views 5 Comments

There were 125 suspected or confirmed cases relating to residents and staff as of last Friday.

# mental-health-commission - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Concerns raised for patients due to ‘total absence’ of community mental health services
# Vision For Change
# Vision For Change

Concerns raised for patients due to ‘total absence’ of community mental health services

Feb 19th 2020, 8:21 AM 9,824 Views 17 Comments

The absence of supports such as psychiatric intensive care units is impeding access to acute mental health beds, a new report has found.

# mental-health-commission - Monday 6 January, 2020

Dublin mental health centre issued with 'critical' risk rating by watchdog
# Inspection
# Inspection

Dublin mental health centre issued with 'critical' risk rating by watchdog

Jan 6th 2020, 12:34 PM 15,327 Views 7 Comments

The Jonathan Swift Clinic in Dublin was criticised by the Mental Health Commission.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 1 November, 2019

Patients sleeping on floor of Waterford psychiatric unit described as 'shocking'
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Patients sleeping on floor of Waterford psychiatric unit described as 'shocking'

Nov 1st 2019, 3:11 PM 39,245 Views 78 Comments

A HSE official has said the situation in Waterford cannot be defended.

# mental-health-commission - Thursday 25 July, 2019

'Unacceptable': Mental health centres providing care for vulnerable people allowed to operate without regulations
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

'Unacceptable': Mental health centres providing care for vulnerable people allowed to operate without regulations

Jul 25th 2019, 10:53 AM 8,035 Views 6 Comments

The Mental Health Commission found there were continuing breaches of human rights in many centres.

Inspection of mental health residences describes 'bare, musty' bedrooms
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Inspection of mental health residences describes 'bare, musty' bedrooms

Jul 25th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,065 Views 3 Comments

An inspection of 52 of these 24-hour staffed residences found 43% did not provide single room accommodation for all residents.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 9 November, 2018

Solicitor tells High Court she was discriminated against because she is 'a woman and a black African'
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

Solicitor tells High Court she was discriminated against because she is 'a woman and a black African'

Nov 9th 2018, 10:31 PM 35,911 Views 72 Comments

The solicitor was asked about her qualifications and training while representing a patient at a Mental Health tribunal.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 19 October, 2018

Physical restraint and seclusion used in 79% of in-patient mental health services
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

Physical restraint and seclusion used in 79% of in-patient mental health services

Updated Oct 19th 2018, 3:29 PM 15,800 Views 38 Comments

This is according to the Mental Health Commission who are calling for a reduction in the use of restrictive practices

# mental-health-commission - Saturday 25 August, 2018

Clinical file of patient 'observed unattended at desk' in psychiatric ward
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Clinical file of patient 'observed unattended at desk' in psychiatric ward

Aug 25th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,064 Views 10 Comments

The details were contained in a report released by the Mental Health Commission this week.

# mental-health-commission - Wednesday 25 July, 2018

'Major changes' needed as 82 children admitted to adult mental health units
# Call For Reform
# Call For Reform

'Major changes' needed as 82 children admitted to adult mental health units

Jul 25th 2018, 6:00 AM 8,755 Views 9 Comments

The Mental Health Commission has said services in Ireland are “unsafe and substandard”.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 20 April, 2018

No door locks and 'risk of abuse': Serious concerns with many 24-hour mental health homes
# INspections
# INspections

No door locks and 'risk of abuse': Serious concerns with many 24-hour mental health homes

Apr 20th 2018, 12:05 AM 9,116 Views 18 Comments

Residents were unable to lock their bedroom doors in 77% of the 43 inspections.

# mental-health-commission - Saturday 2 September, 2017

Litter, cigarette butts and cut hair observed on the floor of adult psychiatric unit
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Litter, cigarette butts and cut hair observed on the floor of adult psychiatric unit

Sep 2nd 2017, 6:00 AM 9,070 Views 11 Comments

The review of the Jonathan Swift Clinic found a number of failings.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 1 September, 2017

Eating disorder centre criticised for not having a psychiatric nurse on duty at all times
# Anorexia
# Anorexia

Eating disorder centre criticised for not having a psychiatric nurse on duty at all times

Sep 1st 2017, 12:42 PM 7,826 Views 7 Comments

The facility was criticised for having no input from a medical specialist or medical facility.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 7 July, 2017

'It's totally unacceptable': 44 children admitted to adult mental health units so far this year
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

'It's totally unacceptable': 44 children admitted to adult mental health units so far this year

Jul 7th 2017, 12:03 PM 6,549 Views 13 Comments

The Mental Health Commission released its annual report today.

# mental-health-commission - Monday 8 May, 2017

Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit
# Overcrowding
# Overcrowding

Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit

May 8th 2017, 6:45 AM 9,030 Views 13 Comments

A 16-year-old patient spent the night in a chair at the adult psychiatric unit last week.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 14 October, 2016

Residents' privacy not respected by staff at Waterford hospital
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

Residents' privacy not respected by staff at Waterford hospital

Oct 14th 2016, 6:20 AM 13,924 Views 6 Comments

The hospital’s Department of Psychiatry was also found to have ‘inadequate’ recreational activities for residents.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 10 June, 2016

Mental health: 'Shocking' report finds patients secluded for two days at a time
# Portlaoise
# Portlaoise

Mental health: 'Shocking' report finds patients secluded for two days at a time

Jun 10th 2016, 7:12 PM 14,933 Views 10 Comments

Seclusion is a standard practice in mental health treatments, but should be used “as a last resort only”.

# mental-health-commission - Thursday 12 November, 2015

'Worrying' jump in electroshock without consent and with physical restraint of mental health patients
# Mental Health Commission
# Mental Health Commission

'Worrying' jump in electroshock without consent and with physical restraint of mental health patients

Nov 12th 2015, 6:00 AM 9,922 Views 32 Comments

Seclusion increased for the first time in six years, while the use of physical restraint increased by 8% in 2013 compared to 2012.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 20 February, 2015

'Lax' response by Cavan hospital to electro-shock blunder
# Psychiatric Unit
# Psychiatric Unit

'Lax' response by Cavan hospital to electro-shock blunder

Feb 20th 2015, 6:02 AM 16,092 Views 19 Comments

An inspection found a patient was not given the proper muscle relaxant before being shocked.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 10 October, 2014

Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital

Oct 10th 2014, 10:15 PM 16,381 Views 38 Comments

The breach in recommended practice took place at a hospital in Laois.

# mental-health-commission - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Why were 75% of unexplained deaths in mental health services not reported correctly?
# Causes
# Causes

Why were 75% of unexplained deaths in mental health services not reported correctly?

Sep 30th 2014, 6:50 AM 3,334 Views 4 Comments

A previous report found that 25% of deaths had not been reported correctly.

# mental-health-commission - Thursday 26 June, 2014

More than a dozen children admitted as involuntary patients in 2013
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

More than a dozen children admitted as involuntary patients in 2013

Jun 26th 2014, 6:50 AM 7,025 Views 10 Comments

There were 1,591 adult involuntary admissions last year and 541 regrades of patients.

# mental-health-commission - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Clinicians brand mental health report as 'damning indictment' of minister's work
# PNA
# PNA

Clinicians brand mental health report as 'damning indictment' of minister's work

Jun 25th 2014, 9:51 PM 6,924 Views 4 Comments

The Psychiatric Nurses Association say that the government’s roadmap for improvements in the sector needs to be overhauled.

Almost half of all mental health care centres still use physical restraint
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

Almost half of all mental health care centres still use physical restraint

Jun 25th 2014, 1:16 PM 5,975 Views 45 Comments

One in 5 children admitted to care centres are being sent to ‘inappropriate’ adult units.

# mental-health-commission - Sunday 22 June, 2014

TD says sending children to adult psychiatric units is 'inhumane'
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

TD says sending children to adult psychiatric units is 'inhumane'

Jun 22nd 2014, 12:41 PM 6,208 Views 16 Comments

A new report has found that 83 children were put into adult psychiatric units last year, despite guidelines forbidding this practice.

# mental-health-commission - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Unsuitable treatment for children in mental health units
# Care
# Care

Unsuitable treatment for children in mental health units

Apr 23rd 2014, 3:43 PM 9,013 Views 7 Comments

The structure of one ward was described as “not suitable for residents”.

# mental-health-commission - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Concerns over use of electroshock therapy on non-consenting patients
# ECT
# ECT

Concerns over use of electroshock therapy on non-consenting patients

Jun 13th 2013, 6:30 AM 8,128 Views 20 Comments

A patient must consent to the treatment, but if they decide against it a decision can be overridden by two psychiatrists.

Over 100 children admitted to adult mental health units
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Over 100 children admitted to adult mental health units

Jun 13th 2013, 6:00 AM 4,211 Views 9 Comments

The practice has been labelled “unsatisfactory” by the Mental Health Commission.

# mental-health-commission - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Children's Ombudsman gains power to oversee 180 new state bodies
# Ombudsman
# Ombudsman

Children's Ombudsman gains power to oversee 180 new state bodies

Apr 30th 2013, 11:25 AM 3,509 Views 10 Comments

Legislation taking effect today gives Emily Logan the power to investigate the treatment of children by a slew of new agencies.

# mental-health-commission - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

HSE care of depressed father to undergo 'comprehensive review'
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

HSE care of depressed father to undergo 'comprehensive review'

Mar 12th 2013, 10:51 AM 7,654 Views 16 Comments

The Mental Health Commission has called for a review into the treatment that John Butler received in the months before he took the lives of his two daughters along with his own.

# mental-health-commission - Friday 23 November, 2012

In summary: Findings from unannounced visits to ten mental health facilities
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

In summary: Findings from unannounced visits to ten mental health facilities

Nov 23rd 2012, 4:19 PM 6,234 Views 6 Comments

The Mental Health Commission have released reports from their unannounced visits earlier this year.

Expected closure of St Senan's Hospital "most welcome" - report
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Expected closure of St Senan's Hospital "most welcome" - report

Nov 23rd 2012, 11:38 AM 7,464 Views 20 Comments

The inspection found that a lack of stimulation and therapy had led to patients engaging in “severe institutionalised and maladaptive behaviour”.

Privacy improves at St Ita’s Hospital but units remain "unsuitable for residents" - report
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Privacy improves at St Ita’s Hospital but units remain "unsuitable for residents" - report

Nov 23rd 2012, 9:13 AM 4,925 Views 0 Comments

The details of an unannounced visit at the Willowbrook and Woodview units of the hospital have been published.

# mental-health-commission - Sunday 12 August, 2012

'Unsuitable' psychiatric hospital continuing to admit patients
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

'Unsuitable' psychiatric hospital continuing to admit patients

Aug 12th 2012, 12:59 PM 6,170 Views 17 Comments

A 19th century asylum in Portlaoise is continuing to admit new patients despite a national policy to shut down outdated facilities.

# mental-health-commission - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

Call for changes in use of electro-convulsive therapy
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Call for changes in use of electro-convulsive therapy

Apr 4th 2012, 10:33 AM 2,589 Views 43 Comments

The Mental Health Commission has criticised the use of electro-convulsive therapy on patients who are unwilling or unable to give consent.

# mental-health-commission - Thursday 19 May, 2011

Children sent to adult psychiatric units - despite new legal ban
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Children sent to adult psychiatric units - despite new legal ban

May 19th 2011, 4:55 PM 371 Views 0 Comments

Documents obtained by the Medical Independent show five under-17s being admitted to wards, despite a legal ban.

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