Updated: Jan 22
So this blog is all about Autism and Mental Health, as we all know by now this year has been a pretty tough and wild one for all of us! Mental Health can happen in anyone and everyone and espically this year, its best we look after each other and stay positive, but Mental Health is also two/three times as likely in Autistic people, so lets explore why this is.
So the first thing is to be aware that Mental Health can trigger anxiety and depression and Anxiety in Autistic people can lead to Sensory Overload, as explained in the last blog post i wrote, it can lead to multiple emotions being released all at once, hence getting someone out of a noisy environment, or a crowded place with multiple people in is critical. Signs of Anxiety and depression in Autistic people, include, sweating, hyperventilating, self harm, sleep deprivation, losing motivation, lack of self worth etc.
How can you help? How you yourself can improve your own mental health:
Take them out of noisy environments, switch all tv, radio music and any form of loud noise interruptions off
Socialise with them,
Ask them to plan day or stick to a routine, (We love planning).
Use sensory toys, or distractions like a fidget toy, when i feel like this i use a pen, or a stress ball, to feel relaxed.
Go out and watch a movie,tv or listen to music.
do Stimulation or self sensory exercises,
Apps used for personalised support with Anxiety,
Brain in Hand – a diary, notes and reminders of daily tasks, individual coping strategies, system to monitor anxiety levels and access to support from the National Autistic Society.
Molehill Mountain – tracks mood, identifies triggers and gives evidence-based tips on how to self-manage anxiety levels.