Trans pathways: mental health care for transgender and gender diverse young people in Australia


Talen Wright reviews a recent paper on the Trans Pathways study, which looks at mental health care for transgender and gender diverse young people in Australia.

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Are clinicians’ attitudes to technology stopping children and adolescents from accessing mental health care?


In her debut blog, Lindsay Dewa explores a mixed-methods survey, which found that clinicians’ attitudes to technology may stop young people from accessing mental health care.

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Home is where the therapist is: home-based family therapy for conduct disorder in young adolescents


Akansha Naraindas summarises the findings of a small qualitative study of home-based family therapy for conduct disorder in teenagers.

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Healthcare for people with learning disabilities DH progress report and consultation

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The Six Lives report in 2009 investigated the provision of public services to people with learning disabilities following the deaths of the six people with learning disabilities highlighted in Mencap’s Death by Indifference report. The Department of Health in its response committed to providing progress reports on the recommendations and this report has been recently [read the full story…]

Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for people with learning disabilities

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People with learning disabilities have an increased prevalence of mental health problems compared to the general population, however, in the absence of an agreed model there is currently a wide variety of provision, including community and bed-based services. The Joint commissioning panel for mental health have produced a guide for commissioners to describe the current [read the full story…]

Difficulties in accessing healthcare remain for people with learning disabilities Merseyside study shows


The Mencap Getting it Right campaign was launched some time ago in recognition that people with a learning disability were getting a raw deal from the NHS, with unequal access to treatments and reports of poor care. A range of reasons may lie behind this poor response, including inadequate training, lack of support, lack of knowledge [read the full story…]

Review finds higher rates of trauma in learning disability population but lower rates of access to treatment

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The authors of this paper set out to look at rates of sexual abuse and interpersonal trauma in people with learning disability. They hoped to explore the relationship between such trauma and psychological distress and to describe a psychotherapeutic intervention for such people. The findings from a review of the literature suggested an inverse relationship [read the full story…]

Providing accessible information to improve access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities


There is a developing understanding of the difficulties faced by people with learning disabilities when they want to access health services. One of the projects that the NHS set in motion to address this was the NHS Better Metrics scheme which developed measures of performance to be used for local service quality improvement. The scheme [read the full story…]

People with learning disabilities in rural settings in Scotland are not doubly disadvantaged accessing healthcare


Research has consistently shown that access to healthcare services is poor for adults with learning disabilities and for those people who live in rural areas. The researchers in this study set out to find out whether adults with learning disabilities who lived in rural areas were at a double disadvantage. They looked at data from [read the full story…]