Mental Health Education & Resource Centre

Webinar | Negotiating the Maze: Intellectual Disability & Mental Health Issues


It is a live feed of the course being delivered here at MHERC on the day, with in-room participants and facilitator. Registering here will allow you to be a part of the learning experience, viewing the facilitator and powerpoint presentation via your own device, in the comfort and location of your choice.


Course Type: Introductory | Course Level: Five

Please Note: This webinar is only offered to participants outside the greater Christchurch area

Please note: Your online experience will differ from face to face education sessions.

There is increasing awareness that people with an intellectual disability are at greater risk of developing mental illness. They are often not able to clearly articulate their internal experiences and feelings, and because of this are often misdiagnosed or seen to be complex and challenging. This course is for those working in a setting where they support people with intellectual disability.

• What is intellectual disability?
• Common mental health issues
• Factors that contribute to mental health issues
• Typical and atypical signs of mental illness
• Strategies to support a person who has an intellectual disability and mental health issues

Learning Intentions
Participants will be provided with the opportunity to:
• Understand the presence and impact of intellectual disability on an individual
• Identify the reasons why a person with an intellectual disability might be likely to have a mental health issue and the difficulties in discovering what that problem might be
• Recognise when a person with an intellectual disability might have a mental illness and support the person to accept help
• Know how to identify behavioural difficulties of a person with an intellectual disability that could be related to a mental health issue

Let’s Get Real Skills
• Working with Service Users
• Working with Communities
• Challenging Stigma and Discrimination
• Professional and Personal Development


Terms and Conditions



You will need:

• Headset and Microphone 
• Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)
• Stable broadband connection 

To test you can connect to our webinar software click here (Please follow the onscreen prompts to download Webex)

Minimum System Requirements:
As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable. 

Operating System:
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - latest version
Chrome - latest version
Safari - 5 and above