Mental health is a level of psychological well-being. A mental disorder is a mental or behavioural pattern or anomaly that causes either suffering or an impaired ability to function in ordinary life (disability), and which is not developmentally or socially normative.
Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context.
A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.
Information on clients in the mental health and learning disability programmes of care is collected for the following social care services:
- carers assessments
- direct payments
- domiciliary care
- meals on wheels
- care packages
- residential homes
- day care (adult)
Most children's social care publications include information on mental health.
- Quality Report for Mental Health and Learning Disability Tables
- Summary of available bed days, occupied bed days, discharges and deaths, and day cases (KH03a)
- Admissions under mental health (NI)order 1986: legal status (KH15/KH15b)
- Mental illness/learning disability (MILD) census return
- Contextual information for using hospital statistics
- The Health Survey Northern Ireland and Young Persons Behaviour & Attitudes Survey include modules relating to mental health.
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