Mental health is an aspect that often overlaps with intellectual disability. Historically, it has been viewed as being on a lower level than the intellectual disability as such, or as an inevitable consequence of intellectual disability. In order to improve their quality of life, there is a need to foster a different, updated approach to the people with intellectual disability who are also affected by mental health problems.
Seminar on Intellectual Disability and Mental Health
Within the framework of this objective, Granés Fundació and the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health organised the first Seminar on Intellectual Disability and Mental Health, held on 14 May 2021, with the participation of professionals from the Specialised Network in Mental Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities (SESMDI [Specialised Service in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability] / UHEDI [Specialised Hospitalisation Unit for Intellectual Disability]), present in all parts of Catalonia.
More than 300 professionals working in social entities, basic and specialised social services, and primary care, specialised and hospital medicine registered and took part in the seminar.
Granés Fundació Dialogues: Mental Health and Intellectual Disability
- It has been decided to publish the second booklet within the Granés Fundació Dialogues collection with the summarised content of the talks given during the seminar, with the aim of making the knowledge generated during the event available to all professionals working in the field.