20 June 2018 - 13 June 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Intellectual Disability Mental Health Question Time #MHQT

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by Mental Elf

Why are people with intellectual disability failed by health services?

Up to 2% of the population has an intellectual impairment. They are up to seven times more likely to have a mental health condition and commonly have complex physical illness. Despite this they remain a chronically underserved group and experience major health inequalities. People with intellectual disability encounter barriers in accessing healthcare; they die younger and a greater number of deaths could have been avoided than the rest of the population. Recognising and diagnosing ill-health in this group is a challenge for health professionals, and healthcare decisions are too often influenced by stigma and discrimination. Furthermore, NICE has highlighted the lack of adapted and tested treatments for this group.

Join the public discussion

In Mental Health Question Time on Wednesday 13th June we bring together a diverse panel of researchers and experts by experience to discuss how to build a forward-looking health service that meets the needs of people with intellectual impairment across the lifespan.

  • What can be done to give people with intellectual disabilities better access to the services and treatments that other people receive?
  • How can we use evidence and co-production to deliver more effective health services?
  • What wider initiatives are needed to promote health and wellbeing?
  • How can legislation and policy be used to support the health of people with intellectual disability?

Chaired by:


  • Prof Chris Hatton, Professor of Public Health and Disability at Lancaster University
  • Baroness Sheila Hollins, Emeritus Professor of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability at St George’s, University of London
  • Dr Rory Sheehan, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  • Dr Kate Oulton, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Bhathika Perera, Consultant Psychiatrist at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Christine-Koulla Burke, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and Equalities Lead at the Mental Health Foundation

Special guests

  • Prof Yona Lunsky, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  • Camden Disability Action, User-led organisation which aims to promote the equality of deaf and disabled people living or working in Camden

Free tickets can be booked here and the event will be live streamed on YouTube. You can follow the discussion and join the conversation on Twitter at #MHQT.

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From 20 June 2018 at 6:00 pm
to 13 June 2018 at 9:00 pm


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London WC1E 6BT, UK

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