Our projects and research aims to change our understanding of mental health problems and improve the short and long term future of the nation's mental wellbeing.
We work across the full interconnected spectrum of severe mental illness, public mental health, happiness and wellbeing. Our research doesn't sit on dusty bookshelves - it's out there supporting practical solutions and changing minds.
Improving Access to Mental Health Services for People with Learning Disabilities
In line with the Government’s ‘No health without mental health’ strategy, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities was funded to find out about the barriers that make it difficult for people with learning disabilities to access mental health services and resources. We have worked for many years with people with learning disabilities and their families. They tell us that they do not get support to think about mental health or to talk about mental health problems in the same way as they do with physical health. We want to make it easier for people with learning disabilities and...
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for people with learning disabilities
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) has been a Government initiative since 2010. IAPT aims to improve people’s access to psychological therapies through the NHS. People with learning disabilities have, in the past, not been seen as being ‘able to benefit' from talking therapies as a treatment for mental health conditions, and we want to change that. We are working in partnership with King's College London on a project to try to understand how psychological therapy services can be tailored to better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, so that they can access...
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
We work to improve access to mental health services for people with learning disabilities.
Moving On to Secondary School
The move from primary to secondary education can be stressful for any young person, but those with learning disabilities or other special educational needs (SEN) are under even greater stress. This is because primary schools offer more predictability, usually with the same teacher and classroom throughout the year. The move to secondary school brings a lot of changes - different classrooms and different teachers for each subject, larger buildings spread over a campus, new travel arrangements and coping with support from unfamiliar teaching assistants. If the transition between primary school...