May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a very important month for all of us. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Did you know: Nearly 78% of children with autism have at least one mental health condition, according to a U.S. study from the University of British Columbia and Drexel University. ADHD is the most common mental health condition in people with autism, occurring in 28%. The next most prevalent is anxiety, which affects 20% of autistic individuals. See article
During this special month and always, we are available for families and individuals with resources and support needed to address the mental health challenges they face.
A very important webinar addressing mental health was held recently that has been generously allowed to be recorded as a resource for anyone that can benefit from 80 years of combined autism expertise with Professor Tony Attwood and Dr. Michelle Garnett. See below:
"Exploring Depression & Beating the Blue's"
ASM Guests: Professor Tony Attwood & Dr. Michelle Garnett
For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes.
Learn increase self-awareness, including identifying personal triggers, and provide the tools to combat depression.