Mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) has published a report looking at the mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities in England. Findings from focus groups, literature searches and an expert reference group show that young people with learning disabilities and their families do not always have confidence in the system to meet their mental health needs and often feel ignored. Recommendations include: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England should map out the provision of preventative mental health support for children and young people with learning disabilities; and DHSC should fund research to strengthen and promote the use of evidence-based mental health interventions for young people with learning disabilities.

Source: CYPMHC  Date: 20 June 2019

Further information: Overshadowed: the mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities (PDF)

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