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More than 40% of people with learning disabilities have issues with their mental health during pandemic

by Joe Caretalk

Learning Disability England has been working with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities to deliver Pass-it-Online mental health training, thanks to funding from the Government’s £750 million charity support package.

Learning Disability England has been bringing its members and partners together during the pandemic to help people stay safe, well and connected.

One of the ways has been through the Pass-it-Online Mental Health training, funded through the grant that was part of the Government’s £750 million charity support package.

We have worked with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities to make workshop sessions available across the country and train people locally to deliver them.

Funding has also made sure that we can pay the trainers with learning disabilities to deliver these workshop sessions.

This work is to help tackle the mental health issues of increasing numbers of people with a learning disability and the people who support them during the pandemic.

Research by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities suggests at least 40% of people with a learning disability are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (part of London South Bank University) developed the Pass-it-on project, a workshop-based project all about mental health specifically for people with learning disabilities.

The workshop sessions look at what mental health is, the five ways to wellbeing and making plans. They focus on all of the practical things people can do to stay happy and healthy.

The workshops have been designed to be led by people with learning disabilities supported by a worker.

Greg Hill, from SeeAbility said: “Mental health is such a big issue made even bigger by the Coronavirus pandemic. So, the Pass It On training is for people with learning disabilities and autism to start to talk about these things and learn to cope better. For anyone who wants to know more about it’s a great opportunity to learn more.”

Vicky Forfar, from Pathways said: “Teaching people about mental health is important as people need to know what it is and how it affects people.  This is so they can understand it better and be able to help someone or use the knowledge to help themselves. We know the pandemic is affecting people’s mental health so this training is really important.”

Andy Fox, from Sunderland People First said: “A real privilege to be involved in the Mental Health Train the Trainer workshops facilitated by David Mahon. Great credit to everyone involved in developing this fabulous resource for people with a learning disability. Really excited about delivering this training in Sunderland.”

About Learning Disability England

Learning Disability England is the only national membership organisation that brings together members with learning disabilities, families, professionals and organisations. We believe that societal change will happen when people with learning disabilities are seen and accepted as equal citizens in their communities and in media and politics.  

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