Supporting People with Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Needs
Duration 1 day
People with learning disabilities are at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems than the general population. Factors in preventing and alleviating the impact of mental ill-health on people with learning disabilities include understanding differences between learning disabilities and mental ill-health, being aware of myths associated with having mental health problems, having knowledge of factors contributing towards mental illness and possible routes to take that will support someone experiencing mental distress. This 1-day course aims to enable those supporting people with learning disabilities to be proactive in helping individuals maintain mental well-being and to be better able to identify the onset of, and relapse into, mental ill-health and signpost people to appropriate services.
- Myths, attitudes and assumptions about people with learning disabilities and mental health issues
- Forms of mental illness/distress and their medical classification
- Learning disabilities and mental health issues: what's the difference?
- What is meant by 'learning disability', 'mental health' and 'mental health problems'?
- Factors influencing the mental health/ill-health of service users
- Identifying signs of mental ill-health in people with learning disabilities
- Conditions that promote positive mental health
- Some possible signs of relapse
- 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 discussion.
- Learning Objectives
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- To be aware of myths, attitudes and assumptions about people with learning disabilities and mental health issues
- To have a basic knowledge of forms of mental illness/distress and their medical classification
- To understand the difference between learning disabilities and mental health issues
- To have identified key factors influencing the mental health/ill-health of service users
- To be better able to identifying signs of mental ill-health in people with learning disabilities
- To be able to recognise possible signs of relapse
- To understand how to promote positive mental health more effectively
Those working with people with learning disabilities, 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.
The delegates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.
Activities for People with Learning Disabilities