Mental Health Links

Links to the Department of Heath website information on Health Services for Mental Health


The NPIRS database is the only national psychiatric inpatient database in Ireland. It was established in 1963, arising from the recommendations of the report of the Commission of Enquiry on Mental Illness (Department of Health, 1966).


In 2003, in response to the changing patterns in patient care, the HRB developed a Microsoft Access database called COMCAR(COMmunity CARe). COMCAR was designed to record activity at community care level, including outpatient clinics, day centres and day hospitals and was implemented on a pilot basis in a number of sites.


Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.


Aware is a voluntary organization formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aims are to assist that section of the population who are directly affected by depression.


Peer advocates are people who have personal experience of mental health difficulties who have achieved a sufficient level of recovery to complete an accredited training course in peer advocacy. Once they are qualified they can complete a period working with an existing peer advocate before engaging with clients on their own. IAN has peer advocates in place in most health board areas in Ireland, north and south, who regularly attend acute units and day centers.


Schizophrenia Ireland is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness.


The primary aim of Samaritans is to be available at any hour of the day or night to listen to and befriend those experiencing personal crises and those in imminent danger of taking their own lives. All contact is in complete confidence. Samaritans have 20 branches throughout Ireland.


We aim to promote greater awareness and understanding of eating disorders through the provision of comprehensive information and workshops. . Bodywhys is an organisation that provides help, support and understanding for people with eating disorders, their families and friends.