Learning disabilities take on many forms with varying degrees of severity.

They present differing challenges to those who experience them and therefore need varying levels of support.

When identified correctly, an individual is able to live their lives the way they choose when provided the right support.

All too often there have been instances of individuals living their entire lives believing themselves to be ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’ only to find that they had a learning disability.

Many of us have preconceptions about self-harm, most likely helped along by troubled teens in soap operas like Eastenders and Hollyoaks.

The character is usually either an ‘Emo’ or being bullied in so way so begins cutting themselves as a way of ‘taking back control’.

Whilst cutting or abrading the skin is a form of self-harm it’s vital to the wellbeing of you (or someone you’re worried about) that you’re aware that other forms of self-harm exist.

Being diagnosed with dementia can, to some, feel like the beginning of the end. For others it’s confirming what they already suspected but never wanted to admit. 

Whatever their reaction, it will have a profound impact on how they live out the rest of their lives. However whilst many consider the practical elements of living with dementia – specifically living independently – there’s the emotional, psychological and social implications to consider as well.

Our mental health is a fragile thing. Our emotions are rooted in 5 core emotions that govern how respond to the world. Joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness blend together to create the sensations we experience on a day-to-day basis.

However, as in the case of the Disney Pixar movie: Inside Out, it’s possible for one emotion to override the others. Our Fear (anxiety) and Sadness (depression) can start to ride the controls and that’s when we get in to trouble.

We all need a break from time to time.

Whether it is 5 minutes away from your desk, a long weekend away or a two week holiday in the sun, a change is good. A rest is better.

If, however, you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability, a break isn’t all that straight forward but can be needed more than most.

It’s a scary question.

It’s a scary question because it means admitting to yourself, and to others, that you might have mental health issues.

One of the greatest challenges facing any social care organisation  is keeping records up to date.

It’s a never ending challenge ensuring a person’s support notes, medications, support plans and risk assessments are kept up to date. Manually written notes are all well and good but if there’s a delay in getting those notes added to that individuals record mistakes could be made.Whilst we have always had strict processes to safeguard against that happening, we’ve recognised that the risk exists.

Autism is a condition we hear a lot about but most of us, if we’re really honest with ourselves, don’t truly understand what it is, let alone what it’s like to live with.

We quite often hear someone talked about as ‘on the autism scale’ but chances are they’re not at all. What this actually does is turn a challenging developmental disability into a derogatory term for individuals experiencing social anxiety or simply having poor communication/social skills.

Technology is a wonderful thing.

It has allowed us to be more interconnected than at any other point in history. We can share special moments instantly with friends and family, wherever they are in the world.

As smartphones have improved so has the sophistication of the cameras and the apps that use them.
The rise of apps like Instagram – an app in which we document our lives visually – has had an unexpected side effect: selfies.

Humanbeings are social creatures. We need people around us to build communities and thrive.

We are at our best when part of something bigger than ourselves and, therefore, often at our worst on our own.

It is no surprise that certain people are at greater risk of isolation than others. Those with physical disabilities and mental health issues to name just two.

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