Campaign for Mental Health Education in UK Schools
I would like to share this UK government petition on behalf of mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation. As you probably know children with autism can also develop mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression. Research shows that children with ASD are at higher risk for some mental disorders than children without autism. Please sign and share this UK government petition to get mental health education as a mandatory, core national curriculum subject within UK primary and secondary schools.
Most of us that are on the autistic spectrum, children and adults, are highly likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. The symptoms of poor mental health are easily dismissed as "just another aspect of ASD."
Of course, autism is not a mental health condition in itself. It is a developmental condition and cannot be "treated" with medication or talking therapy, but it can be managed with strategies to cope with the sensory, organizational and social communication difficulties that overwhelm us on a daily basis.
However, it's important to realize that poor mental health in children and adults with autism can be treated, but this must be done by mental health professionals that also have a good understanding of autism.
For children with or without autism, education in all aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing, would be a great benefit to the individual and society as a whole. It would enable young people to become more aware of how to look after themselves at stressful times, for example: Coping with bullying and exam pressure.
It's essential for professionals working with children and adults, to be aware of the co-morbidity of autism, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions
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