Services for young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs from South Asian communities

Raghu Raghavan (School of Health, Community and Education Studies, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Fozia Waseem (Calderdale Council, Halifax)

Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

ISSN: 1753-0180

Publication date: 1 September 2007

Abstract

Children and young people with learning disabilities and mental health problems from black and minority ethnic communities face barriers in accessing services. This paper describes a mapping of services used by young people with learning disabilities and mental health problems from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. Overall the participants accessed primary health care services through their GPs, had contact with Social Services for support and benefits and the voluntary sector for culturally appropriate services. Most participants did not access statutory child or adult mental health services, or professionals such as psychologists or behaviour nurse specialists. Families reported key barriers such as lack of awareness of services, language difficulties in communication and lack of culturally sensitive services.

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Raghavan, R. and Waseem, F. (2007), "Services for young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs from South Asian communities", Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 27-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/17530180200700028

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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