Mental Health Care for People with Learning Disabilities
Mental Health Care for People with Learning Disabilities,
Edition 1
By Helena Priest, PhD, MSc, BA, RN, DipN, DipN Ed and Michael Gibbs, MA, RN, PGCert, Cert Ed

Publication Date : 05 Apr 2004

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Description
It is well documented that people with learning disabilities are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems than the general population. However, it is only in recent years that there has been a determined effort to address mental health assessment, diagnosis, services, education, and interventions for this client group. Unfortunately, carers are sometimes limited in their understanding of mental health needs and in the skills and resources required to assess these needs and deliver appropriate care. This book is intended to go some way towards meeting these deficits. The book aims to answer the following questions:
What is mental health?
What are mental health problems?
What causes them?
How do mental health problems affect the lives of people with learning disabilities and those around them?
How can mental health problems be identified in people with learning disabilities?
How can carers and services respond?
The book is directed towards all those people, including parents and other family members, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, other professional staff, students, care staff, and voluntary workers, who are involved in the care of people with learning disabilities. It does not profess to be a complete mental health manual; rather, it aims to introduce the reader to the key issues and concerns that surround mental health in people with learning disabilities such that they might have a positive impact on the care that those people receive.
About the author
By Helena Priest, PhD, MSc, BA, RN, DipN, DipN Ed, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, UK; and Michael Gibbs, MA, RN, PGCert, Cert Ed, Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, UK
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledements. Foreword (by Ruth Northway, Professor of Learning Disabilites, University of Glamorgan). 1. The mental health needs of people with learning disabilities: background and context. 2. Explaining the problem. 3. Assessing the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities. 4. Common mental health problems experienced by people with learning disabilities. 5. Specific problems and problem behaviors. 6. Assessment tools. 7. Therapeutic interventions. 8. Mental health promotion. 9. Policy issues and service provision (co-written with Peter bates). 10. The family and carers' perspective. Postscript. Appendix 1. Communication aids. Appendix 2. Assessment and planning resources. Appendix 3. Organisations
Book details
ISBN: 9780443073533
Page Count: 224
Retail Price: €47.99