Tailor mental health support for specific groups of people, including new mothers and people with learning disabilities.
What we have achieved so far:
- developed local services to support people with complex learning disabilities in their local communities
- launched specialist community perinatal services providing support to expectant and new mothers, improving the quality of life for them and their children.
We will continue to:
- develop more services in the community
- have staff with the right skills and experience to manage complex cases
- focus on helping new mothers during and after pregnancy (perinatal), and people with multiple and highly complex learning difficulties.
It is better for people because:
- early and better support improves mental wellbeing for individuals and their families
- the wellbeing of mothers and children is improved by early identification and support being put in place
- people with a highly complex learning disability and/or autism will be housed locally and with a choice on living arrangements where possible
It is better for the health and care system because:
- there will be fewer stays in hospital for mothers needing psychiatric support
- more specialised support at an earlier stage will mean fewer and shorter stays in hospitals for people with learning disabilities and/or autism
- residents will be able to rely on a consistent, high quality and joined-up services across NW London
- challenging behaviour (aggression, destruction, self-injury and others) are shown by 10-15 per cent of people with learning disabilities
- perinatal mental health problems affect up to 20 per cent of expectant and new mothers
- between 24 and 40 per cent of people with learning disabilities also experience mental health problems
- coordinated care across health and social care and shared learning across NW London
- increased capacity and capability in perinatal mental health services
- improved quality of life for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display challenging behaviour.