Mental Health Resources

Development disabilities and mental health issues

1 to 3 percent of Canadians have a developmental disability.

Individuals with developmental disabilities are three to four times more likely to develop emotional, behavioural and psychiatric difficulties than the general population. Often people with developmental disabilities have a difficult time accessing mental health services. 

A development disability affects someone’s ability to learn and is often present at birth or develops before 18 years of age. These conditions affect a person’s intellectual functions and their ability to adapt. When someone is developmentally disabled, a mental illness can often be ‘hidden’. Just like people living with a mental illness, people with a developmental disability and mental illness can still participate and actively contribute to their community.

Need more information on Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health? Check out:

 North Shore Resource Association
 Community Living British Columbia