Between 25-40% of people with learning disabilities also experience mental ill health, but it can go unrecognised, or treated as part of their learning disability.
Monitoring the Use of the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2012-13.
Since 2009, the Care Quality Commission has had a duty to monitor the use of the safeguards in all care homes and hospitals in England, and also to provide advice and information on using them.
The Commission checks on the use of the safeguards by visiting the places where they are used. Care services must inform the Commission about the outcome of their application to deprive someone of their liberty.
There are no direct enforcement powers associated with the role. If it is found that the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are not being used correctly, the Commission can take action under the Health and Social Care Act. A number of the Health and Social Care Act regulations contain references to elements of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – for example in the regulations dealing with consent, safeguarding, and general care and welfare.
The Care and Treatment of Mr EF.
Learning Disability Statistics Scotland 2013.
Feeling Down: Improving the Mental Health of People With Learning Disabilities.
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities was commissioned to write a report about the mental health of people with learning disabilities as well as offer information to people with learning disabilities and their families to support their access to mental health services.
The aim of the report is to raise awareness among policy makers, commissioners, health and social care services and anyone supporting or working with people with learning disabilities, and to develop a picture of the customer journey to receiving support and make recommendations for change.
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Guided Self-help for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Anxiety and Depression – Mental Health Problems leaflet for service users
This resource assumes no previous knowledge of mental health issues or guided self-help and can be facilitated by health professionals, graduates and those supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities. Individuals with intellectual disabilities and anxiety and/or depression can use the SAINT resource on their own or supported by healthcare professionals or paraprofessionals e.g. a graduate mental health worker or community mental health nurse; GPs and other primary care staff e.g. psychological well-being practitioners, staff from community or inpatient mental health services e.g. psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, intellectual disability teams, community support workers, staff in residential placements or day centre workers.The use of guided self-help for people with intellectual disabilities to treat depression and/or anxiety is in its infancy. The SAINT (Self-Assessment and INTervention) is the first resource to be made commonly available which has been developed specifically for people with intellectual disabilities. Using colour photographs and easy read text, the SAINT offers a structured and accessible way to deliver guided self-help with this population. By using a daily diary, clients can learn to recognise their emotions and develop ways to cope with them.This facilitator manual explores the role of guided self help, its evidence base and its role in treating anxiety and depression. It details the development of the SAINT and the rationale for its use, and offers experiences from individuals who have used it in their own lives. The manual will help a facilitator to prepare for sessions with a client who is using the SAINT.
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Exclusive extract: Anxiety and Depression in People with Learning Disabilities
This book will be of interest to practitioners, carers, academics and students, or anyone affected by intellectual disabilities, anxiety and depression.
This exciting new handbook draws on the experience of a wide range of authors to present a rich and informative exploration of the nature, manifestation and presentation of anxiety and depression in individuals with intellectual disabilities, and discusses the challenges and obstacles facing those who work with them
Alongside user perspectives and information for supporting families, it also discusses a range of approaches to working with this population, including case formulations, psychopharmacological interventions, cognitive therapy, psychodynamic approaches and solution focused therapy.
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Video: Kevin Martin on Potens - specialist support for adults with challenging needs
Kevin Martin, of Service Provider Potens, talks about the organisation, how they help people and the challenges they face. POTENS provides a range of specialist support for adults with complex and challenging needs - learning disabilities, mental health needs, autism including Asperger Syndrome, behaviour that challenges, independent living skills and Korsakoffs Syndrome (alcohol related brain injury) through registered supported & independent living, domiciliary care, residential care, respite and day opportunity services throughout England, North Wales and Northern Ireland.