Overshadowed: The mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities

All children and young people deserve the best possible outcomes and start in life. Those with learning disabilities are likely to need additional support in various aspects of their lives including to enjoy good mental health.

However, young people with learning disabilities continue to face challenges.

Studies suggest that it is the wider risk factors that these young people and families experience, rather than their learning disability, that contributes to poorer mental health.

This report from the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition explores these factors combining insight from young people (aged 11 to 25), families, professionals and research.