Improving physical and mental health:
The Foundation is proud to host the UK Health and Learning Disability Network, which connects several thousand people who care about the health of people with learning disabilities.
To increase the inclusivity of mainstream mental health services for people with learning disabilities who have mental health problems.
Friends for Life is a programme that teaches children and young people techniques to cope with anxiety and promotes well-being. We aim to adapt this for children and young people with learning disabilities.
This practical guide for the NHS helps hospital and community health services understand how to fulfil their responsibilities under the Single Equality Act and ensure that their services are accessible to people with learning disabilities.
People with learning disabilities often have worse health than people who do not have learning disabilities. The health care they get is not as good as the health care that other people get. We worked with 12 Primary Care Trusts to help them improve.
Children and adolescents with learning disabilities are six times more likely to have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder compared with other children, yet this increased risk of mental illness is not linked to their condition.
About a third of a million young people in the UK have a learning disability. Of those, nearly 40% are likely to develop a mental health problem.
This UK wide inquiry was the first major piece of work to address this very serious issue. It was held between 2001 and 2002 and as a result, the findings have helped shape mental health provision and services for young people in England.
Find resources including notes on Commissioning Mainstream Health Services.
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