Developing a mental health promotion booklet for young people with learning disabilities
Laurence Taggart Lecturer, Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Linda McKendry Manager, Compass Advocacy Network, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
The input of young people in producing an information resource for their peers and practitioners is described by Laurence Taggart and Linda McKendry
Little has been published about mental health promotion literature for young people with learning disabilities. The aim of this study was to produce a mental health promotion booklet developed by young people with learning disabilities for young people with learning disabilities. A qualitative methodology using four focus groups with young people with learning disabilities was employed. The focus groups were repeated five-times over a six-month period. The young people identified the six key themes to be addressed in the booklet with accompanying colourful and energetic pictures. This lively booklet is a valued resource for practitioners in the field of learning disabilities.
Learning Disability Practice. 12, 10,27-32. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.12.12.10.27.c7423