Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability

Organisations that can offer information and support to those affected by mental health conditions

British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD)

0121 415 6960

This is a national charity committed to improving the quality of life for people in the UK with a learning disability. They achieve this by influencing policy-makers and other decision-makers, encouraging good practice among practitioners and helping people with a learning disability take charge of their own lives.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

0300 666 0126

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation exists to demonstrate that individuals with severe learning disabilities who are described as having challenging behaviour can enjoy normal life opportunities when their behaviour is properly understood and they receive individualised support.  The foundation supports families, professionals and others through education, information, research and partnership working.

ENABLE Scotland

0300 020  0101

This Scottish charity was founded by parents of children with learning disabilities.  They work to make life better for people who have learning disabilities and their families by campaigning to end discrimination and by providing support to those looking for employment.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

0808 800 0082

This commission is a good source for expert information, advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues and the applicable law.

This website provides helpful information for disabled people and their carers on a range of topics such as benefits and financial help, disability equipment and transport and disability rights.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

0207 803 1100

This is part of the Mental Health Foundation charity and is a charity that works to promote the rights, quality of life and opportunities for people with learning disabilities and their families.  They provide information, carry out research and work to improve services.

Mencap

0333 270 0567

Mencap is an individual membership organisation for people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales with learning disabilities. They provide practical support and advice for people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

Mental Health Foundation

0207 803 1100

This is a UK charity that provides information, carries out research campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems.

Mental Health Matters

0191 516 3500

Mental Health Matters is a national charity which provides services for people with mental health needs. They also support people with learning disabilities, drug and alcohol and other problems.

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

0800 313 8777

This is an independent organisation working to safeguard the rights and welfare of people with a mental illness, learning disability or other mental disorder.

MIND

0300 123 3393

MIND is the mental health charity for England and Wales that helps people take control of their mental health. They provide information to help promote understanding of mental health and campaign to create a society that promotes good mental health for all.

If you live in Scotland, you might want to contact the Scottish Association for Mental Health – www.samh.org.uk

National Autistic Society

0808 800 4104

This is a UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger’s syndrome) and their families.  They provide information, support and services.

NHS Choices

An information website from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.

OCD Action

0845 390 6232

This is a national charity providing help for children and adults who are affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). They provide support and information and work to raise awareness of the disorder.

OCD UK

0333 212 7890

This is a national charity run by people with lived experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  The provide support and campaign for improved access to services and treatment.

Patient UK

A website that provides good quality information about health and disease.

Rethink

0121 522 7007

Rethink is a national charity which works to help people affected by severe mental illness to lead a better quality of life. They provide services, support groups and information on mental health problems.

SANE

0300 304 7000

SANE is a national charity for people with a mental illness. They provide care and support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers. They initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illnesses and they raise awareness and combat stigma through education and campaigning.

Speak Up

0303 123 7013

Speak Up provide advocacy services and resources for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities.

Together for Mental Wellbeing

0207 780 7300

This is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues.  They provide a range of services including accommodation, day and community services, advocacy and they also work in courts and probation services.