Autism & Mental Health

Explore this page to understand more about autism and mental health & how the two are related. At the bottom of this page you’ll find links to specific mental health support for autistic people, as well as resources to help you understand autism better and be a better ally if you are not autistic yourself.

Webpage content supported by Lucy, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Youth Board Member

What is Autism?

Autism isn’t an illness like many people think. The brains of autistic people simply work differently from other people. Autism affects every person differently - this is why it is called the Autistic Spectrum. To understand more about autism watch the videos below & explore this page.

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Autism & Mental Health Webinar

Watch this webinar, hosted by students at Fareham College including Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Member Gilbert, to understand more about the relationship between Autism & Mental health.

Support for Autistic People

Molehill Moutain – an app to help Autistic people manage and understand anxiety

Mind – Mental Health & Autism – this page has great information about where to go next for support with your mental health if your autistic including how to find a therapist who has experience of working with autistic people.

Childline – Autismthis page give advice about how to cope with meltdowns, how to make friends & communicate with people better & advice about how to deal with bullying. You can contact Childline via their online chat service, email or phone number to talk to someone about what you’re going through.

Autism Hampshire – Information, advice & guidance for adults, young people and children on the autism spectrum, their parents, carers and professionals. You can email or telephone for advice Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4:30pm. 
Telephone: 02380 766162 
Email: information.advice@autismhampshire.org.uk 

Autism Hampshire also run social groups & a magazine. Find out more at: Serendipity Social Groups

National Autistic Society – have a directory of support available across the UK for Autistic people. You can also join their online community for free to read stories & share experiences with other autistic people & their families.

Ambitious about Autism have information on their website to support autistic people’s rights & you can download the ‘Know your normal’ toolkit for free to help you understand what your normal is & when you need to get help.

Young Minds – have some good information about supporting a friend who is autistic.

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