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.
  • 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

I’m not promising that everything on these sites is of the best quality!

Topics

I have found an easy-read leaflet or book on each of the following topics:

Having a good life and staying well

Activities and having things to do
Eating
Eating a healthy diet
Menu
Employment
Exercise
Family Carers
Helping people to look after their mental health
Handwashing
Home
Housing
Renting
Buying
Your tenancy agreement
Becoming a member of the NHS Foundation Trust
Politics
The Big Society – ten big questions
Politics Think local act personal
Sleep
Getting enough sleep
Social life
Having a social life
Staying well
Looking after your mental health
Mental health factsheets
Workbook to help you make a Staying Well Plan
Staying healthy

A problem has been identified 

Abuse
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Anger
Anxiety
Autism
Bipolar affective disorder
Challenging behaviour
What to do if you can’t pay your rent
Dementia
All about feeling down – for young people
A film about depression
Book ‘Ron’s feeling blue’
Book ‘Sonia’s feeling sad’
Feelings
Feeling upset all the time
Mental health problems
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Psychosis
Schizophrenia
Self-harm
Stress
Tenancy
An acceptable behaviour contract with your landlord

 

Ways to get help

Appointment letter
Mental health assessment
Your stay in hospital – Finding out what is wrong
Glasgow Depression Scale
Alcohol Screening Checklist
Seeing the psychologist for a cognitive assessment
Care Programme Approach
So you’re on CPA – what does it mean?
A care plan in symbols
Things to bring into hospital
Staying in hospital
Workbook on finding your way around the hospital
Workbook on admission to hospital – things the staff need to know about me
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Community Mental Health Teams
Community Psychiatric Nurse
General Practitioner
What to expect from the NHS
Occupational Therapy
Personalisation
Personal budgets
Getting to know your pharmacist
Psychiatrist
Recovery Plan
Relaxation
Social worker
Speech and language therapist 

Medication

All my medications workbook
How to make choices about taking medication
Workbook on side effects – neuroleptic medication
What do I do if my medications make me ill?
An easy read chart to help someone choose for themselves which medication is best
Amisulpride
Aripiprazole
Atenolol
Carbamazepine
Chlorpromazine
Citalopram
Clozapine
Diazepam
Dosulepin
Escitalopram
Fluoxetine
Flupentixol
Fluphenazine
Fluvoxamine
Haloperidol
Lithium
Lofepramine
Lorazepam
Mirtazapine
Naloxone
Naltrexone
Olanzapine
Paroxetine
Propranolol
Quetiapine
Risperidone
Sertraline
Sulpiride
Topiramate
Trazodone
Trifluoperazine
Valproate
Venlafaxine
Zuclopentixol injections
Zuclopentixol tablets 

Your rights and the law

Advocate
Advanced directive
Appeals under the Mental Health Act
Making a complaint
Confidentiality
Consent
Permission to share information
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Discharge from hospital against medical advice
Guardianship
Human Rights
Your rights and responsibilities as an informal patient
Mental Capacity
The Mental Capacity Act
The Office of the Public Guardian booklet ‘Making Decisions’
Best interest pathway
Mental Health Act
Your rights under the Mental Health Act
Your rights under Section 2
Your rights under Section 3
Your rights under Section 4
A film about section 37/41
Section 132
Making an appeal
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Reasonable adjustments for people with learning difficulties
Safeguarding
Stop hate crime
Satisfaction survey
Tenancy rights