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Autism and mental health

Those of us with autism are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. This can be because there are fewer resources and support to help develop coping skills. Also, we can experience more negative life events, face stigma and discrimination from people and services. It’s really important that services are able to properly identify mental health problems, so people can get the right support at the right time.

Are you in need of support?

To find support in your area, contact your local Mind.
Ambitious About Autism have information about making the most out of your visit to a psychiatrist. National Autistic Society have a directory of support for people with autism and mental health problems.
Counselling Directory can help you find a therapist with experience working with people with autism. These counsellors would be paid for.
Please see our page on finding a therapist to consider which option is right for you.

"I have experienced services that treat mental health and autism as completely separate issues and both services seem fearful of people with the other condition."

Guidance for professionals

We supported the National Autistic Society to create the guide below which aims to establish how to make mental health talking therapies better for autistic people.

Download the guidance

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Have a question that is not answered here or would like to find out more about something? Get in touch with our Equality Improvement team at [email protected]. You can also find out more about our equality and human rights work.

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