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Depression in Young People with Learning Disabilities
In Autumn 2012, the Judith Trust untertook scoping research into Depression in Young People with Learning Disabilities.
- It is estimated that up to 40% of young people with learning disabilities develop mental health problems.
- Young people with learning disabilities experience the same risk factors for depression as their peers, as well as additional factors linked to their learning disability.
- Identification, formal diagnosis and treatment throught talking therapies can be difficult.
Download the foreword to the research project, by Dr Sarah Bernard MD FRCPsych DRCOG, Consultant Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Learning Disability Foreword
Download the Accessible Summary of the report here Accessible Summary
Download a list of Accessible Resources about depression here Accessible resources on depression
Sam has Autism, Learning Disabilities and Depression: Read Sam’s Story here Sam’s Story
Download the full report here Depression in CYP with LD
For mental health awareness week 2013, the Judith Trust has written an infopack on mental health and people with learning disabilities, which you can read here
If you are a family member, carer or person with learning disabilities, or a professional working in this field and want to share your experience, or get involved, please get in touch here