People with intellectual disabilities are more likely to experience mental ill-health than the wider population for a number of reasons including biological, social and psychological vulnerabilities.
This introductory guide uses common language in order to demystify mental health and illness in the lives of people with intellectual disability. The varied content contains a number of case studies illustrating common mental health problems, and explains how people with intellectual disabilities can be supported to protect their mental well-being.
It provides guidance on treating a person with intellectual disability for a mental health problem, adaptations to treatment that may have to be made, and how best to find the right services for an individual with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems.
This handbook is CPD accredited
This handbook is for healthcare professionals and support staff to help them when diagnosing, treating and caring for people with a learning disability.
Publication: 07 November 2016
A mental health guide for those supporting people with intellectual disabilities
Section 1 - What is mental health?
• What Is Mental Health and identifying changes?
• Common myths
• Mental health problems are the persons own fault
• Mental health problems are for life
• I don’t need any help with my mental health
• Physcal problems all ill health are nothing to do with mental health
• Can having intellectual disabilities affect a person’s mental health
• It is also the case that an individual’s expressive and receptive communication can be affected by their experiences including their mental health
• Challenging Behaviour
• Case study
Section 2 - What is mental illness?
• Mood Disorders
• Case Study – depression
• Psychotic Disorders
• Case study Schizophrenia
• Peronality Disorders
• Personality disorder
• Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD)
• Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
• Case study personality disorder
• Case study - Dementia
Section 3- Mental health assessment and interventions
• Mental health assessment for people with learning disabilities
• Multi-Professional care
• Ways to support someone accessing care and treatment
• Common treatment approaches
• Electro Convulsive Therapy
• Psychological interventions / Talking therapies
• Positive Behaviour Support
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Guided Self Help
Section 4 - Mental health promotion and the views of people with learning disabilities
• Building Resilience: A mental health promotion group for people with learning disabilities
• Mental health promotion
• Development of the group
• What people with intellectual disabilities Say
• Having a social life
• Having relationships
• Having a job
• Looking after yourself
• Speaking up for yourself
• Keep on learning
• Feeling safe
• Final thoughts
• What’s the best way for me to treat someone else with mental health problems
• How can people help me
• Seeing health professionals
Useful web links
Other useful links