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Publications and Resources.

Publications and Resources

Publications and Resources

On this page you can find links to a variety of resources and publications that are available for free or for sale.

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Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Well-being for Staff Supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

In association with The Estia Centre, London South Bank University and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

This training resource and the accompanying guide has been developed for a range of care and support staff who work with adults with intellectual disabilities and provides a full day’s training. It aims to provide learners with an understanding of the mental health needs of this population and how to promote mental health and well-being.

By Ruwani Ampegama, Karina Marshall-Tate, Eddie Chaplin and Steve Hardy. Pavilion Publishing and Media, 2020.


People with Intellectual Disabilities Hear Voices Too

unique publication that aims to address a gap in understanding the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities who hear voices, and how best to offer support in practical, person-centred ways. It draws on best practice guidance on psychosis and also learning disability from NICE and from the British Psychological Society.

The self-study guide covers current knowledge on evidence-based theories of understanding voice-hearing, as well as common ways of understanding these experiences as described by voice-hearers, included in supportive video footage

By John Cheetham and Nina Melunksky. Pavilion Publishing and Media, 2019.

Read an article in the British Journal of Learning Disabilities about this project.


Learning Disability Today

Learning Disability Today was first published in 2007 to meet the need for a handbook which, while well-grounded in the latest research and practice, was accessible for staff occupying a wide range of roles. The fourth edition is a complete revision, aiming to address key knowledge requirements, challenges and concerns for people working in the field and to provide opportunities for reflection and continuing professional development. Case studies throughout help readers to explore how best to address issue

By Eddie Chaplin (Author, Editor), Marian Jennings (Editor), Gill Concannon (Editor), Renee Francis (Editor), Jo Delree (Editor), Lesley Bedford (Editor). Pavilion Publishing and Media, 4th edition (25 April 2018).


Supporting the Physical Health Needs of People with Learning Disabilities

This informative and practical handbook provides healthcare professionals and support staff working with individuals with a learning disability and their family carers’ information on a range of physical illnesses and health needs to support people with different conditions.

This handbook aims to simplify what can be a complex area in order to meet individual’s healthcare needs.

By Steve Hardy, Eddie Chaplin and Peter Woodward. Published in 2016 by Pavilion Publishing.


An Introduction to Supporting the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities

mental health guide for those supporting people with intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities are more likely to experience mental ill-health than the wider population for a number of reasons including biological, social and psychological vulnerabilities.

This introductory guide uses common language in order to demystify mental health and illness in the lives of people with intellectual disability. The varied content contains a number of case studies illustrating common mental health problems, and explains how people with intellectual disabilities can be supported to protect their mental well-being.

By Steve Hardy, Eddie Chaplin and Karina Marshall-Tate. Published in 2016 by Pavilion Publishing.


Guided Self-Help for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Anxiety and Depression

The use of guided self-help for people with intellectual disabilities to treat depression and/or anxiety is in its infancy. The SAINT (Self-Assessment and INTervention) is the first resource to be made commonly available which has been developed specifically for people with intellectual disabilities. Using colour photographs and easy read text,.

By Eddie Chaplin, Jane McCarthy and Steve Hardy. Published in 2014 by Pavilion Publishing.


Autism Spectrum Conditions: A guide

comprehensive introduction to autism spectrum conditions giving an insight into the everyday experience of people on the spectrum and how staff can best support them

By Eddie Chaplin, Steve Hardy and Lisa Underwood. Published in 2013 by Pavilion Publishing.

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Advances in mental health and intellectual disabilities

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities (AMHID) is a vital and pioneering source of peer-reviewed research and information specific to the mental health needs of people with intellectual/learning disabilities.

The journal integrates current research with practice and keeps researchers and professionals up to date with a variety of different perspectives and international developments in the field.

AMHID supports the delivery of high-quality and evidence-based practice and provides a forum for the debate of current issues and opinions.

The editors welcome the submission of papers from researchers, practitioners, managers and academics who are involved in research with or delivering practice to people with intellectual disabilities with additional mental health needs.

Articles include:

  • current research
  • developments in the design and delivery of services
  • policy and its implications for practice
  • clinical case studies, enabling professionals to learn from the experience of others and to improve their own practice
  • resource reviews

The journal published six issues a year including an annual special issue.

Submit to the journal

Submissions to Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities are now made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system.

For information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts, go to the ScholarOne help pages.

Accessible Resources

EasyRead:  Information and training on developing EasyRead resources

Royal College of Psychiatrists:  Accessible health advice and information on learning disabilities

NHS England:  The NHS Accessible Information standard

Macmillan:  Accessible information on cancer

Easy Health:   Accessible health information and resources

Transforming Care (NHS England):  Accessible information on care and treatment reviews

Learning and development programmes

Our training is coordinated by the Estia Senior Training Officer who delivers our programmes in collaboration with clinicians, experts through experience and academics from local specialist services.

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Service User involvement

People who use mental health in learning disabilities clinical services and their carers are encouraged and supported to join our involvement register and get involved in paid opportunities to shape and deliver services.

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