NCMH & Aneurin Bevan University Health Board: New programme to help people with a learning disability better manage their mental health

In collaboration with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board the National Centrre for Mental Health (NCMH) have developed a new programme which aims to support people with both a learning disability and a mood disorder.

The Mood Awareness Programme (MAP) is a pioneering psycho-education course for people with a learning disability to acquire techniques and strategies to help them manage their mental health, experience reduced symptoms and have longer periods of good mental health.

More information about the programme is available here:

Community presence and linking people with learning disabilities in research

Paula Hopes, RNLD recently co-presented at the Lived Experience Network in Swansea with Philip Morgan, a member of TRAC.  Paula wrote a blog about the presentation afterwards which was published on

You can access the blog here:

NDTI has referenced the blog in the following ‘How to guide’- How to engage the public as lecturers:

The website has a number of articles that may be of interest to the community, but very much about community presence and linking people with learning disabilities in research.  Access further articles through this link:




Stay up Late AGM

Stay Up Late’s Annual General Meeting isn’t so much a meeting as a mini-conference where everyone is invited to share their ideas for developing the work of Stay up Late.

This year there will be creative workshops to think about:

“What can we do to end the practice of adults with learning disabilities being told what time they have to go to bed?”

Places are free but you need to book so we know how much food to get!

And whilst your in Brighton  Heavy Load are playing a one-off re-union gig afterwards at the Green Door Store.

Book here for that!

Learning Disability Today

On the 22nd November Learning Disability Today London 2017 are running a learning day and exhibition.  It will be packed full of exhibitors, like-minded visitors and a CPD certified seminar programme. Delivered by experts from the learning disability sector, both professionals and service users, the programme will be focused around holding the conversations to empower and improve the lives of those with learning disabilities.

The seminar programme will be divided into three streams:
• Policy and Practice
• Health and Well-being
• Learning Disability and Autism

The full programme is still in development, but you can explore the provisional seminar topics for each stream now. Keep an eye out on our social media or this page for confirmation of speakers.

Tickets are available for £35+VAT, or students can attend for £10+VAT. Students will need to show their student ID upon registration on the day.