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PM confuses learning disabilities with mental health

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What's the difference between a learning disability and a mental health problem?

Some people don't understand there is a difference between a learning disabilities and mental health problems. We explore what the differences are between learning disability and mental health, and whether it's possible to have both.

What is a mental health problem?

A mental health problem is a term used to cover a range of emotional, psychological or psychiatric distress experienced by people.

About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.

Is mental health the same as learning disability?

No! Unlike learning disability, mental health problems can affect anyone at any time and may be overcome with treatment. A learning disability is a reduced intellectual difficulty with everyday activities which affects someone for their whole life.

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