People with an Intellectual Disability can experience a full range of mental health problems and are more likely to have a mental health problem than a person without an Intellectual Disability.
There are some factors thought to increase the risk of experiencing mental illness for people living with an Intellectual Disability, including, neurological and genetic conditions, sensory impairments, reduced social networks, inappropriate living environments, adverse life events, economic disadvantage, frequent transitions, bereavement and loss, discrimination, and abuse.
It can be particularly difficult for a person with an Intellectual Disability to receive a correct diagnosis of a mental illness, which can be frustrating for the individual and their support people.
Psychologists can assist in identifying symptoms of mental illness in a person with an Intellectual Disability. The psychologist would talk with the individual and/or observe their behaviour across multiple settings, talk with support people and administer assessment tools that have been developed specifically for people with an Intellectual Disability.
If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, please seek professional help. To speak with a HenderCare psychologist, call 1300 764 433.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774
- Head to Health at headtohealth.gov.au
- 1800 Respect on 1800 737 732
- Q Life on 1800 184 527
- Brother to Brother on 1800 435 799