Supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs: service users’ experiences

Sutton, Paul, Cozens, Maria and Kudita, Chiedza (2020) Supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs: service users’ experiences. Learning Disability Practice. ISSN 1465-8712 (In Press)

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Abstract

Aim
The aim of this research project was to enable the active involvement of adults with learning disabilities, who live in community settings, in producing knowledge about their perspectives of the care and support they had experienced in relation to their mental ill-health.
Background
The viewpoints of service users with learning disabilities and mental health issues about their care and support have been paid minimal attention in the research literature.
Methodology
Hollway and Jefferson’s (2000, 2013) psychosocial research approach was employed to facilitate the involvement of seven service users, who reside in community settings, in data production relating to their mental health care. Data was also obtained from consultations with key carers and records kept by service providers.
Results
Information gained from participants highlighted the diverse painful experiences and events in their life histories, and the increase in awareness of the mental health and emotional issues experienced by individuals with learning disabilities.
Conclusions
Some findings resonate with those of other studies, and recommendations concerning service users are indicated, which have relevance for those engaged in policy making, service provision and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an article which has been accepted for publication in the journal of Learning disability Practice.
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing > Learning disabilities nursing
Depositing User: Bob Gates
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 14:55
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 19:58
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7184

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