Targeted support for specific groups of people

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

Key facts:

  • 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

Expected outcomes:

  • 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.