IN light of World Mental Health Day this week (Monday October 10), I thought it necessary to highlight how many people with autism are needlessly developing mental health problems through a lack of support.
Research by the National Autistic Society (NAS) found that 63 per cent of adults with autism do not have enough support to meet their needs.
Two thirds of these (67 per cent) say they have experienced anxiety due to a lack of support and around one third (33 per cent) say they have experienced serious mental health problems. The Government cannot afford to ignore the dramatic cost benefits of investing in autism services in the long-term.
Not only would the right support at the right time prevent thousands of people with autism from developing mental health problems, it could also save the Government millions, if not billions, each year.