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Access to mental health services for people with learning disabilities needs improvement

A report this week by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) has called for people with learning disabilities to have equality of access to mental health services – and this is long overdue. It is well known that people with learning disabilities are more likely to develop mental health issues than the general population – up to three times more likely, according to the FPLD’s report, Feeling Down: Improving the mental health of people with learning disabilities – yet many still struggle to access services that can help them. While this may not be surprising – in general


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