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Increase in involuntary mental health detentions by gardaí


By Ailbhe Conneely

June 1, 2021

There was an increase in the number of applications made by gardaí to involuntarily detain people in approved mental health centres last year, according to the Mental Health Commission.

Its annual report for 2020 also shows a decrease in the number of applications by Health Service Executive authorised officers for the involuntary admission of people to hospital.

When a person is involuntarily admitted to a mental health centre, it is done through a family member, a HSE authorised officer, a member of An Garda Síochána or a person who works in health or social care.

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