Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)


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People with intellectual disability are at increased likelihood of experiencing mental illness but are less likely to receive treatment than people without intellectual disability. To overcome the barriers people with intellectual disability face in accessing mental health support it is important for those who support them to be able to recognise changes to the person’s wellbeing, detect possible symptoms of mental illness and understand how to access appropriate services.

In July 2017, The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) launched a new e-Learning resource for carers in ID mental health. The evidence‐based modules reflect clinical best practice, and were written with advice and input from carers. These modules allow carers to learn about mental health and intellectual disability at their own pace. The modules provide information about what to do if a carer thinks the person they care for needs help, and aim to assist carers to communicate with health professionals.

There are currently 8 e-Learning modules available for carers. The modules include:

Module 1 – About Intellectual Disability 
Module 2 – About Mental Health 

Mental Health and Illness
Module 3 – Mental Health and Intellectual Disability 
Module 4 – Detecting changes in Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Specific Mental Illnesses
Module 5 – Signs and Symptoms of Mood Disorders 
Module 6 – Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Module 7 – Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Module 8 – Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

The free e-learning resource can be accessed by a quick registration at  

More information about the IDMH e-Learning project can be found here

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