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People with intellectual disability are at increased likelihood of experiencing mental illness but are less likely to receive treatment than people without intellectual disability. To overcome the barriers people with intellectual disability face in accessing mental health support it is important for those who support them to be able to recognise changes to the person’s wellbeing, detect possible symptoms of mental illness and understand how to access appropriate services.

In July 2017, The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) launched a new e-Learning resource for carers in intellectual disability mental health. The evidence‐based courses reflect clinical best practice, and were written with advice and input from carers. These courses allow carers to learn about mental health and intellectual disability at their own pace. The courses provide information about what to do if a carer thinks the person they care for needs help, and aim to assist carers to communicate with health professionals.

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The free carers e-learning courses can be accessed at idhealtheducation.mygo1.com. After registering for an account, select “Carers” on the home page to enrol in the available courses.

More information about the IDMH e-Learning project can be found here.