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World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September.
It's an annual awareness raising event organised by International
Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health
Mental ill-health is common, affecting one in six adults at any
one time (ONS,2000) and research suggests that people with learning
disabilities have an increased likelihood of developing mental
ill-health, with figures ranging from 25 to 40 per cent (Hatton
Children with a learning disability are also more likely to
suffer from mental health problems than children without a learning
We have rounded-up some recent useful resources about mental
health, well-being and learning disability. If you know of any
other good organisations and resources please let us know.
Learning Disability Wales training courses
Learning Disability Wales offers the following training courses
across Wales. We can also deliver these courses in-house. To book
or for more information get in touch with our training
administrator, Inacia Rodrigues - email Inacia.email@example.com
or phone 029 2068 1160.
'Feeling down: improving the mental health of people with
learning disabilities' - report and
easy read guide
This detailed report about mental health and learning disability from the
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is designed to
help promote positive mental health by offering information, case
studies and real-life experiences of people with learning
disabilities and their carers and their strategies for enhancing
their mental wellbeing.
As part of the report, the Foundation for People with Learning
Disabilities have also produced an excellent easy read guide, 'Feeling Down: Looking After My
Mental Health', that can be used with or without support.
The guide is in five parts and has advice and information about
how to look after yourself and get the best out of life.
- What is mental health?
- How to keep yourself feeling well
- What to do when you are worried about your mental health
- Planning a visit to your GP
- GP Information Pack
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have two
other useful easy read resources connected to mental health and
Other resources about mental health and learning
Judith Trust focuses its work on the problems faced by people
who have both a learning disability and mental ill-health. Their
website has lots of useful resources, research and case
Mencap have a useful section about mental health and learning
disability on their website. It includes information and advice
about useful treatments, such as Cognitive behavioural therapy
(CBT), Psychodynamic therapy, and family therapy
NHS Fife have made a leaflet for carers : 'A Carer's Guide to Depression in People with a
Learning Disability' (PDF).
Books Beyond Words have produced a series of easy read story books about depression and mental
health: 'Sonia's Feeling Sad', 'Ron's Feeling Blue', 'Feeling
Cross and Sorting It Out'. The books are priced £10.
'Mindfulness for Kids with LD'. Mindfulness means being able to
focus on the current moment and letting go of other thoughts. The
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities website in the United States
has a really good web page with tips about how mindfulness can help
children with a learning disability manage stress and anxiety.
It also includes a list of recommended apps for children and young
is a 'one-stop shop' for information about well-being in Wales,
providing quality information from a network of social care, health
and third sector organisations across Wales.
National Autistic Society have a useful section on their website
about mental health and autism.
The National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence
(NICE) have guidance on 'Mental health problems in people with
learning disabilities: prevention, assessment and
This guideline covers preventing, assessing and managing mental
health problems in people with learning disabilities in all
settings (including health, social care, education, and forensic
and criminal justice). It aims to improve assessment and support
for mental health conditions, and help people with learning
disabilities and their families and carers to be involved in their
Welsh Government introduced the 'Mental Health (Wales) Measure' in 2010, which
places new legal duties on local health boards and local
authorities about the assessment and treatment of mental health
problems. Mental Health Wales have a useful guide to the 'Mental Health Measure' for
people who use services and their families.
'I had a black dog, his name was depression':
This powerful and beautifully-told animated video
from writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of
overcoming the "black dog of depression". More information on the
book can be found at: http://matthewjohnstone.com.au.
'STOMP: Stopping the over-medication of people with
a learning disability, autism or both'. This health campaign
aims to stop the over-use of psychotropic medication to manage
people's behaviour. The campaign is focused mainly in England but
is very relevant to Wales.
Helpline - Community Advice & Listening Line
C.A.L.L. is a mental health helpline for Wales, providing
emotional support, referral to agencies and free self help leaflets
for anyone in Wales. Freephone 0800 132 737 or
text the word "help" to 81066. The Mental Health
Helpline service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Time to Change Wales
Samaritans - in your community