Many of the people we support with Learning Disabilities may also have a range of Mental Health needs. Individuals can experience Mental Health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia and Personality Disorder.
An individual with Mental Health needs can require short term support and therapeutic interventions to support their recovery. Other individuals may require longer term support to re-learn or maintain their skills and gain greater independence.
Treatment of those with a learning disability and mental health needs can be complex. Our support staff are experienced in meeting the needs of individuals with communicative and cognitive difficulties, while supporting their fluctuating mental health needs.
The team effectively communicate and engage with those we support in a therapeutic relationship, working to differentiate between their learning disability and mental health needs. This ensures we have a full understanding of an individual’s cognitive and communicative abilities and behaviour and can deliver the support package that will meet their specific needs, when they need it.
A holistic support package is essential in the achievement of positive outcomes for the individual. We ensure that each person we support is assessed by the Clinical and Therapeutic team, including Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and others. We then agree with the individual the support they require and deliver the treatment and intervention programmes to meet each area of need.
This holistic approach to each individual’s Care Pathway ensures actions are taken so the individual can set and reach positive goals enabling them to gain greater independence. Individuals can then fulfil their ambitions and move on to lower support services.