Improving access to mental health services for people with learning disabilities
In line with the Government’s 'No health without mental health' strategy, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities was funded to find out about the barriers that make it difficult for people with learning disabilities to access mental health services and resources.
We have worked for many years with people with learning disabilities and their families. They tell us that they do not get support to think about mental health or to talk about mental health problems in the same way as they do with physical health.
We want to make it easier for people with learning disabilities and their families to navigate the mental health system and access services when they need them.
As part of this work we surveyed families of people with learning disabilities, people with learning disabilities, and people who work in mental health services to find out their views. As a result of this work we have written a report aimed at commissioners to show how services can better support people with learning disabilities.
We have also produced an easy read guide for people with learning disabilities and their families or supporters to use to think about and help them look after their mental health. The guide includes interactive sections so that anyone using the guide can type in their information and update it when their situation changes.
Feeling Down: looking after my mental health
An easy read, interactive guide to looking after your mental health for people with learning disabilities.
Feeling Down: improving the mental health of people with learning disabilities
A report that looks into the way in which the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities are currently being met.
My staying healthy plan
Use this plan to make decisions about how to stay healthy, when you'll do the things you plan, and who you'll ask to help.
My feelings chart
Record your feelings in this weekly diary to help you keep track of your mental health, think about what makes you feel unhappy and what can help you feel better.
My feelings plan
This worksheet will help you think about how you cope with the different feelings you have. Use it to make a note of what helps you so that you can deal with these feelings well.
Things I feel in my body
Use this worksheet to tell people about how you feel in your body.
GP information pack
Use this information pack to help you get ready to speak to the doctor about your mental health.