Easy read information sheets on mental health services in NSW

About these information sheets

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Easy read documents provide simple information which contains only the main points.

Easy read documents provide pictures to help people understand what the text means. 




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Finding information about mental health support is important. 

However, information about mental health services can be confusing.



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We talked to 

  • people with intellectual disability
  • their families and support persons and 
  • mental health workers about what easy read information was needed. 



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We used a co-design approach.

This meant people with intellectual disability told us

  • what information to include and 
  • how to present the information sheets in easy read. 




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Accessible information is important to make sure that 

  • everyone can find mental health services that are right for them and 
  • take part in their own mental health care.

For family, friends and supporters

How to support people to use these resources

  • While some people may prefer to read the resources on their own, others will need support to understand the information.
  • A Toolkit is available with more detailed information on supporting people to use easy read.

Making mental health information accessible for people with intellectual disability – A Toolkit

We also have a resource on supporting people to use Easy Read in three languages. 

Arabic (العربية)
Simplified Chinese (入简体中文)
Vietnamese (Việt)

For more information contact Claire Eagleson at c.eagleson@unsw.edu.au



3DN wishes to thank

  • Prof Karen Fisher, Social Policy Research Centre, for the initial idea to create these resources, and help planning and reviewing the resources.

  • Dr Ariella Meltzer, Centre for Social Impact, for the initial idea to create these resources and reviewing the resources.

  • Samuel Barber (samuel.glen.barber@gmail.com) and Alyssa Mullen (alyssamk00@gmail.com) for creating the introductory animation.

  • The Council for Intellectual Disability for helping with the co-design process to develop the resources.

  • The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service for translating the Arabic, Simplified Chinese, and Vietnamese versions.

  • All participants who took part in helping us develop these resources.
  • The Mental Health Branch, NSW Ministry of Health for funding the project.


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