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Mental health support for people with learning disabilities

Over the past 25 years there has been considerable interest and effort in advancing our knowledge and understanding of mental health problems in people with a learning disability.

In this webinar, Professor Eddie Chaplin will explore why more people with learning disabilities experience mental health problems than the general population. Also, how mental health issues in people with learning disabilities can be prevented, treated and managed.

Description: It is estimated that between 25 and 40% of people with learning disabilities experience mental health problems at any point in time. The rates are much higher than the general population and diagnosis is sometimes difficult because people’s learning disabilities may cloak underlying mental health problems.

Meeting the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities can be a challenge to all mental health services. This is because the physical health status of people with learning disabilities can contribute to mental ill health, as can the degree and the cause of their learning disabilities, biological factors, psychological factors such as trauma, and social factors such as neglect, poverty and lack of social networks.

This webinar will review prevention, assessment, and management of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities. It will also provide guidance on adaptations to treatment and how best to find the right services for individuals.

This event is for anyone working in the field of learning disabilities and is open to health professionals, researchers, medical/nursing students, third sector professionals, advocacy groups, families, carers and self-advocates.

Attend to learn about:

  • The range of common co-occurring mental health conditions faced by people with a learning disability.
  • How to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in this group.
  • Specific methods and strategies to enhance assessment and treatment.

About the Speaker

Professor Eddie Chaplin

Eddie Chaplin (Speaker for LDT Mental Health) Professor Eddie Chaplin is Professor of Mental Health in Neurodevelopmental Conditions at the Institute of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University. Professor Chaplin specialises in mental health of neurodevelopmental disorders. His current research relates to identification and understanding neurodevelopmental conditions in the Criminal Justice System. He is currently Head of the Scientific Committee for the European Association of Mental Health in Intellectual Disability and the Editor for the Advances in Autism. He has published extensively in peer review journals and several books and training packs.

About the Host

Alison Bloomer

Alison Bloomer Host picture Alison Bloomer, Online Editor of Learning Disability Today and Managing Editor of Pavilion Health Today, published by Pavilion. Alison is a mum to three children, one of whom has global developmental delay.    
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