Mental health problems refer to a range of emotional, psychological and psychiatric difficulties including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time, including people with a learning disability.
It is estimated that the prevalance of mental health problems amongst adults with a learning disability is approximately 40%. This is more than double the estimated prevalance rate of mental health problems in the general population (information from Mencap website www.mencap.org.uk )
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Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has produced a helpful series of ‘Books beyond words’, which use pictures to help people understand certain life events which can be particularly distressing such as bereavement and times of transition. Supporting text and guidelines are given at the back of each book.