Easy-read information about mental health

Some people with learning disabilities need to use mental health services, but can find that these services are not well informed about how to support them. One part of good support is the provision of easy read information about mental health services, human rights and psychiatric treatment.

Help with creating easy read materials

  • guidance for people who commission easy read information for people with learning disabilities is available from the UK Department of Health here and from Europe here. What is expected is set out in the Accessible Information Standard,  part 1 and part 2.
  • Some organisations, such as Inspired Services, sell their skills in converting complicated documents into easy read versions.
  • Research has found that the best information is personalised to the individual – see here.
  • A research project found that showing an information video in short clips with time in between to discuss the message was much more effective for learning disabled people than showing the uninterrupted film – see here.
  • International progress on making websites accessible is reported here.

Websites where easy read materials may be found

The easy read leaflets collected from a selection of websites appear as hyperlinks in the sections below. If you wish to check out the websites themselves, they are listed here.  Some of the leaflets below may be out of date or tailored for use in a particular area, so take care!

Having a great life

Five ways to well-being
Healthy eating and being active
Looking after your health
Looking after your mental health and here and keeping well checklist and helping other people look after their mental health
How to relax
Friendship and fake friends
Love, sex and you – and LGBT and here
Managing money and Banking
Enjoy getting older
How to use a mobile phone
Building a community that welcomes everyone

Staying safe

Click here for easy read leaflets on staying safe.

Communication

Click here for easy read leaflets on communication.

Explaining about mental health issues

Click here for easy read leaflets on explaining about mental health issues.

Care planning

Recovery Plan (also here)
Care Programme Approach
So you’re on CPA – what does it mean?
My care plan
Health Action Plan and here
End of life care plan

Medication

Click here for easy read leaflets on medicines used in treating mental health issues.

Citizenship, your rights and the law

Click here for easy read leaflets on citizenship, your rights, getting in trouble with the law, mental capacity and the Mental Health Act.