People with autism or a learning disability (or both) are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population.
This can be because those of us with autism or a learning disability often have access to fewer resources and support to help develop coping skills, can experience more negative life events, and face stigma and discrimination from people and services as a result of a disability. Biology and genetics may also increase the likelihood of developing a mental health problem.
However, the mental health of people with autism or a learning disability (or both) is often overlooked or ignored. That’s why it’s really important that the services people with autism and learning disabilities use, are able to properly identify mental health problems so people can get the right support at the right time.
And once a mental health problem has been identified, it's important that commissioners, service providers and staff offer inclusive services and support that cater for the needs of people with both autism, a learning disability and a mental health problem.