12th October 2016
On Wednesday we marked World Mental Health Day, an initiative that started twenty years ago with the aim of raising public awareness about mental health issues and promoting discussion of mental disorders and their treatment.
Our sister organisation, the Mental Health Foundation has played a large part in shifting public opinion through its research and high impact public campaigns to ensure that open discussion of mental health is no longer quite the taboo it used to be.
What we need to recognise is that people with learning disabilities experience mental health problems too. In fact, they are more likely to develop mental health problems when compared to the general population. At least one in four people experience a mental health problem at some point in their life, yet studies in people with learning disabilities report prevalence rates of between 20.1% to 40.9%. We have been addressing this issue for over ten years, and it’s something we feel very passionate about.