It has been Mental Health Awareness week this week and although Autism isn't a mental health condition there are believed to be 70% of people with Autism who face some sort of problem regarding mental health at some point in there lives.
That is quite a high percentage and things do need to change. I am going to point you towards a great blog written by Jane Harris who is the Director of External Affairs with the NAS. It is a great written piece on what the situation is at present regarding Autism and mental health and what really needs to change. There are also references to where you can get help and support if issues do arise. Please do take a read and if you are struggling do seek that help you need.
It isn't just the person with Autism who needs support but sometimes family members who are in a caring role too. Lets face it Autism or not we may all face problems somewhere along the line and this is why it is really important we look out for each other, raise awareness, break the taboo of talking about our mental health and reach out for help.
The link to Jane's blog is here at:
On Wednesday 12th September this year the NAS also have a Autism and Mental Health Conference - full details are here from the NAS website.
Thank you for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday but for now......take care.
Every Saturday will be about Autism, family and life.