Learning disabilities

According to charity Mencap, people with a learning disability can be more likely to experience poor mental health. Find out more information about research and treatment options as well as practical coronavirus information and access to support here>

If you have a learning disability, you may be finding the COVID-19 pandemic stressful. You may be worried about changes that might happen because of it, including staying at home more. You may also be worried about your family or those close to you.

Public Health England (PHE) has easy read guidance on COVID-19, how it may affect you and what you need to do to keep yourself safe and well. There is also other information available about COVID-19 from Mencap and how to manage difficult feelings you are having.

There are ways you can take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus:

• you should keep in touch with people you trust (like friends, family and employer) over the phone or internet. Follow the advice in the social distancing guidance and the guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection. An easy read version of this guidance is also available
• there may also be self-advocacy groups in your area offering more support online or by phone. You can ask your families or carers for help to search for these groups
• it is also important to get information about COVID-19 only from places you can trust, such as the NHS website

While it is important to be aware of COVID-19, it is important not to forget about any other health conditions you might have. Make sure you take any medication you have been prescribed, keep any hospital appointments you have (unless you have been told otherwise by the hospital) and tell people if you can’t attend appointments.

Supporting someone with a learning disability. The help they need will depend on the nature of their disability. People with a mild or moderate learning disability may need additional accessible information and more time to understand what they might need to do to keep themselves safe and well at this time. People with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities will need more help to ensure they are able to follow the advice on COVID-19 (for example, handwashing) and to make sure the right communication aids are available. This will be specific to each person. It will also be important to keep a degree of normality where possible, doing things that are enjoyable and enabling people to talk about how they are feeling. For useful tips for talking about feelings, see Skills for Care advice

 

NHS.UK has information for people with learning disabilities and their families here>

 

 

Alternatively, take a look at the service below:

Local Listings

Mencap

Mencap is a national charity which provides advice and support for people with a learning disability and their families

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Inclusion Gloucestershire

Inclusion Gloucestershire is a user-led self-advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism or mental ill health.

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National Listings

Mencap

Mencap is a national charity which provides advice and support for people with a learning disability and their families

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Inclusion Gloucestershire

Inclusion Gloucestershire is a user-led self-advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism or mental ill health.

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