The HSE's Local Health Manager in Donegal has confirmed it's intended to end inpatient services at St Conal's Hospital by the end of this year. At present, there are just six female patients left in the hospital, and the plan is to transfer them into a more appropriate setting. 12 men were transferred before Christmas.
John Hayes says he believes mental health services in the county are set to significantly improve following the signing of the contract for a new acute psychiatric unit at Letterkenny General.
Among those who spoke at the contract signing was former Letterkenny Councillor and Mayor Jean Crossan, who has lived with bi-polar disorder for several years, and spoke of her experience as a patient.
She says it can be difficult for people to seek help, but in her case, the mental health service gave her her life back.