What about my Child’s Mental Health

Children and adults with developmental disabilities are at least two to three more times likely to have mental health issues as their neurotypical peers. As parents we need to think about the mental health of our children. There are a number of resources that you can begin to explore. It can be daunting trying to find the right help, so it can be helpful to connect to organisations who have experience working with people with intellectual disability AND who are experiencing mental health issues. The following are some resources we have come across:

Emerging Minds has a library of resources from online courses to webinars about people with disabilities and mental health

Understanding child mental health and disability – Emerging Minds

Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers

https://www.3dn.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents/Accessible-Mental-Health-Services-for-People-with-a-ID-A-Guide-for-Providers.pdf

The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry

The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at UNSW, have developed a number of resources to assist health professionals develop the knowledge and skills to support the mental health of people with intellectual disability. You can find the resources at the link below.

https://www.cesphn.org.au/news/latest-updates/3037-resources-on-intellectual-disability-mental-health-for-health-and-mental-health-professionals