Dual Diagnosis - Learning Disabilities & Mental Health
Duration 1 day
Evidence suggests that people with learning disabilities are at higher risk of developing mental health problems than the general population. Estimates indicate that about 25% of the UK population is likely to have mental health difficulties at some point in their lives. Comparably, an estimated 25% to 40% of people with learning disabilities experience or live with factors that can contribute to mental ill-health. In preventing and alleviating the impact of these factors, we must be able to distinguish between learning disabilities and mental ill-health and be more aware of the myths associated with mental illness. It is important to know how to support someone in mental distress as well as understanding what factors will promote mental well-being and identifying signs of mental ill-health onset and relapse more effectively, signposting people to appropriate services. The course is grounded throughout in a person-centred approach.
- Distinctions between myth and reality in mental ill-health
- Mental illness diagnoses and classification, a medical perspective
- Differences between learning disabilities and mental ill-health
- Definitions: learning disability; mental health; mental ill-health
- Factors influencing mental health/ill-health onset and relapse
- Mental ill-health signs and symptoms
- Effective promotion of positive mental health
- Effective strategies and approaches when planning and offering support
- A summary of key treatments and approaches
Methods of Delivery
A range of participative methods will be used. These will include word-storming, paired and group discussion and exercises, practical examination of case studies, trainer-led presentation and facilitated discussion.
- Learning Objectives
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- To be able to distinguish more effectively between myth and reality in mental health terms
- To increase knowledge of medical diagnoses and classifications
- To be able to distinguish more effectively between learning disabilities and mental health issues
- To have acquired a basic understanding of key factors influencing mental ill-health
- To be able to identify signs of mental ill-health and relapse in people with learning disabilities more effectively
- To become more effective in promoting the positive mental health of service users
- To have acquired a larger toolkit for supporting someone in mental distress
- To have access to a summary of key treatments and approaches
Staff working with people with learning disabilities and/or those with mental health problems who have been identified as having learning disabilities.
A willingness to engage in reviewing and re-examining one's understanding of what constitutes learning disabilities and mental health problems is required.
Upon completion of the course, the delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.
Activities for People with Learning Disabilities
Mental Health Awareness