Mental health



Government approves heads of bill to amend the Mental Health Act

The government has approved the heads of a bill to make over 120 amendments to the Mental Health Act 2001, including strengthening provisions for consent to treatment.

Published 14 July 2021

Law Society of Ireland calls for mental health law reform

The Law Society of Ireland has urged the government to finalise reforms to the Mental Health Act 2001, calling for 16- and 17-year-olds to have presumed capacity to consent.

Published 13 July 2021

Law Society launches Wellbeing Toolkit

Promoting good mental health is the focus of a new initiative being launched this week by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Published 30 April 2021

Government taskforce to examine mental health and addiction needs of prisoners

A new government taskforce has been established to look at the mental health and addiction needs of prisoners both during and after their detention.

Published 6 April 2021

Offenders on probation have 'significant and unmet' mental health needs

Offenders on probation have "significant and unmet" mental health needs which must become a "priority area" for the Probation Service, a new report warns.

Published 4 March 2021

Further consultation on Mental Health Act 2001 launched

A fresh public consultation on the ongoing review of the Mental Health Act 2001 has been launched in advance of new legislation.

Published 1 March 2021

Most in-house Irish lawyers have experienced 'burn-out'

Most in-house lawyers in Ireland have experienced symptoms of burn-out, a new survey suggests.

Published 11 December 2020

Employers urged to prioritise mental health of employees in months ahead

Employers have been urged to recognise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employees' mental health and ensure they have a robust mental health strategy and risk assessments in place.

Published 9 October 2020

DLA Piper urges 'proactive approach' to employee mental health

DLA Piper has urged Irish employers to take a "proactive approach" to their employees' mental wellbeing as Ireland slowly begins reopening society and business.

Published 27 August 2020

Landmark case highlights 'legal lacuna' for release of offenders under hospital orders

A first-of-its-kind case in Northern Ireland has highlighted a "legal lacuna" in respect of the release of offenders detained under mental health legislation, lawyers have said.

Published 18 August 2020

Supreme Court: Central Mental Hospital's clinical director failed in statutory duty

The Supreme Court has granted declaratory reliefs to a woman who claimed that her constitutional and ECHR rights were breached when the clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital declined to facilitate variations to the conditions of her release.

Published 9 June 2020

Law Society launches new mental health support service for solicitors

The Law Society of Ireland has launched a new mental health service designed to support solicitors.

Published 14 April 2020

Exclusive: Further delay to overdue review into care of vulnerable prisoners 'unacceptable'

A further delay to a long-awaited review into the care of vulnerable people in Northern Ireland's prisons has been condemned as "unacceptable".

Published 18 February 2020

Work to establish dedicated Mental Health Court to move forward this year

Work to establish a dedicated Mental Health Court in Northern Ireland is set to move forward later this year.

Published 18 February 2020

Latest volume of child care law reports highlights 'gaps' in mental health care

The High Court's oversight of the treatment of teenagers needing specialised therapeutic intervention, and the disproportionate number of children from ethnic minority backgrounds coming before the child protection courts, are highlighted in the latest volume of reports from the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP).

Published 13 January 2020