Mental health problems among people with a learning disability are often overlooked, underdiagnosed and left untreated as a result of poor understanding, awareness, evidence in this area and symptoms being mistakenly attributed to the person’s learning disability:
- Data has shown that people with lower intellectual ability had higher rates of symptoms of common mental health problems (25%) compared to those with average (17.2%) or above-average (13.4%) intellectual functioning
- One study found that 54% of people with a learning disability have a mental health problem
- Children with learning disabilities are four and a half times more likely to have a mental health problem than children without a learning disability.
Click here to find and download the report from The Mental Health Foundation