What do teachers need to support student mental health?

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Rachel Symons summarises a qualitative study on teachers’ aspirations, needs and opinions regarding student mental health support in secondary schools.

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Periodontal disease – patient awareness levels low

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Six cross sectional and community-based studies involving a total of 7945 patients were included in this review. While awareness and knowledge of periodontal disease was found to be low the quality of the available studies was not high.

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Unclear definition, underreporting and lack of training see victims of disability hate crime let down by criminal justice system

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Last week, we featured a guest blog from our sister site the Mental Elf which looked at the findings of a study based on the British Crime Survey which found that people with disability are at increased risk of being victims of domestic and non-domestic violence and suggested the need for an urgent assessment national [read the full story…]

Study finds poor progress towards implementing health checks for people with learning disabilities

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Following our posting of the systematic review into the efficacy of annual health checks for people with learning disabilities, this study reports on a project that was run in 2010 by a researcher working with a self-advocacy group in Oxfordshire. The team looked at the implementation of Annual Health Checks for people with learning disabilities in [read the full story…]

Involving people with learning disabilities in a secure service in risk assessment supports holistic approach and promotes trust

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A keystone of policy relating to the support of people with learning disabilities in England is the involvement of service users in planning and delivering their support. This is also reflected in policy relating to risk assessment and management processes. However, the evidence from the literature at present suggests that this involvement is not yet [read the full story…]

Little is known about public attitudes to people with learning disabilities from current research

There is sparse evidence for the efficacy and safety of antipsychotics in people with learning disabilities.

National policy relating to the support of people with learning disabilities has social inclusion as a key aim. The success of this aim is affected by the response of the general public. The author of this review set out to look at general population based research into awareness, attitudes and beliefs regarding learning disabilities from [read the full story…]

Health inequalities and people with learning disabilities: new guidance for commissioners

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Improving Health and Lives (IHaL) is the Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory: a three year project funded by the Department of Health in response to Sir Jonathan Michael’s 2008 inquiry into access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities. The national observatory aims to provide better, easier to understand information on the health and wellbeing [read the full story…]