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An Introduction to Supporting the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities
An Introduction to Supporting the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities

An Introduction to Supporting the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities

A handbook for professionals, support staff and families


100 Pages, 7 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $24.00)

Publication Date: November 2016

ISBN 9781911028369

Rights: US & CA

Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd (Nov 2016)

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It has long been known that people with learning disabilities have poorer health than the¬ general population, but the extent of these differences becomes striking when considering the evidence of reduced life expectancy. In 2013 the Confidential Inquiry into the Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities reported that men typically die 13 years younger and women 20 years younger than the general population. In 42% of cases the death was considered premature.The reasons for this lower life expectancy are varied but what we do know is this group are two and a half times more likely to have multiple health needs than other people, and often have difficulties accessing health services or receiving appropriate treatment from clinicians.As well as looking at the challenges of accessing healthcare and navigating care pathways, this -handbook presents a practical guide to the most common conditions and health needs, with chapters written by experts in those conditions and their relationship to learning disabilities. A range of issues are covered, including mental health, cancer, epilepsy, respiratory and swallowing problems, and poor sight and hearing.The book aims to increase awareness and knowledge of how these conditions and issues present themselves, as well as how they can be prevented in the first place, and best practice in assessment and treatment. It will therefore be a valuable resource for families, support workers and health professionals.

Author Biography

Eddie Chaplin is a research and strategy lead for the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry department at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. As a nurse, he has managed a number of national services for people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Recently, he has developed courses and modules at postgraduate level in mental health in intellectual disability and forensic intellectual disability.Steve Hardy was formerly the education and training lead at the Estia Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a registered nurse in learning disabilities and has worked in mental health and challenging behaviour services for people with learning disabilities for 20 years. He has widely published in these areas and he is the co-editor of the journal Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities.