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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

New mental health information for people with learning disability and their carers

Embargoed until 16 September 2010

A new series of accessible information leaflets for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities is now available on the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) website.

The leaflets have been produced by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust in association with the RCPsych’s Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability.

There are 30 leaflets in the series. Some leaflets provide general information on different mental health problems: anxiety disorder, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, challenging behaviour, dementia, epilepsy and psychosis. Others provide specific information on different types of medications for dementia, depression, and psychosis and bipolar disorder.

All the leaflets have been developed in partnership with people with learning disabilities and their carers. Each leaflet contains a ‘help and support’ section at the end, which can be completed by the person providing the leaflet. This can include contact details of their GP, Psychiatrist, Community Nurse or any other professional involved in their care.

Dr Sab Bhaumik, former chair of the RCPsych Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability, said: “Access to information is a basic human right. The importance of providing information in a meaningful way to people with learning disability cannot be over-emphasised. Services are recognising the value of involving people with learning disability and their carers in making decisions and expressing choice about the treatment and care they receive. Providing information in an accessible format promotes this engagement significantly.

“These information leaflets have been developed by professionals working in learning disability in close co-ordination and consultation with service users and carers at every step. We hope that users, carers and services will benefit from using these leaflets.”


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

Note to editors:

All the leaflets can be freely downloaded and printed from the RCPsych website: www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/problems/learningdisabilities.aspx

 

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