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Why is mental health and learning disability so often confused? How do they interact? Why are learning disabled people more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population?

In this episode, we will be talking to Paul Wilshaw, who is Associate Producer at Mind the Gap Theatre Company. As well as being an advocate for Mind the Gap, Paul uses his own lived experience to be an advocate for learning disabled people. Paul is also presenter of Mind the Gap and Disability Arts Online’s podcast, Disability And…

Again, we make quite a few references to websites and research in this show. Here are the links!

The connections between mental health and learning disability according to Mencap and Mind.

Some research suggests that learning disabled people are more than twice as likely to experience a mental health problem than the population at large: see results on

Disabled people are more at risk of loneliness than non-learning disabled people: ses results on

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