Mental Health


We want people to get the support they need to have good mental health

Mental health is a human right.

It is essential for our wellbeing, our relationships and in order to reach our full potential.

Mental health intersects with different aspects of our lives.  This includes education, employment, housing, and social interactions.

It also impacts on our ability to exercise other rights.  If your mental health is protected, you are better equipped to engage meaningfully in society.

Throughout our lives different individual, social and structural factors can combine to look after or harm our mental health.

For example,

  • side effects of medications
  • health conditions and pain
  • abuse, discrimination and inequality
  • social isolation and lack of support.

Everyone’s experience with mental health is different.

Having a learning disability can mean you are more likely to experience poor mental health or have your mental health overlooked or misattributed.

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ARC NI advocates for and work towards

  • Better working relationships between mental health services and learning disability services.
  • Better assessments of mental health problems for people with a learning disability.
  • Better training for staff on the difference between how someone’s learning disability presents and signs of their mental ill-health. For example, the difference between behaviours of concern and mental ill health.
  • More resources to give social support and help people with learning disabilities develop coping skills.
  • Changing attitudes and raising awareness of the rights of people with a mental health condition.
  • Creating supportive, inclusive and safe communities that are free from discrimination.
  • Greater awareness of mental health.