Support for physical and mental health problems  

People with autism can experience additional problems with their physical and mental health. Sometimes people with autism do not notice when their physical or mental health is deteriorating, and they may not seek help for conditions that are treatable. They can also struggle to access mainstream health services such as their local GP or hospital because of particular difficulties relating to their autism, for example they may find it difficult to wait in a busy surgery, to explain what is wrong, or even to organise themselves to make the appointment in the first place.

People with autism who have restricted diets because of sensory issues can find that they are more prone to physical ill health. When people are socially isolated or anxious they may also be prone to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Dental health can also suffer if people find going to the dentist difficult.

Under the Equality Act (2010) people with autism can expect public services to make reasonable adjustments to the way they deliver their services. Such adjustments will take into account an individual's particular difficulties. For example: a person who experiences sensory distress sitting in a GP waiting room could be offered the first or last appointment to reduce waiting times, they could be allowed to sit in a quieter area while they wait, or be able to wait in the car until their name is called.

Equality Act 2010 Guidance

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/toolkits/asd-toolkit.aspx guide for GPs

Community Learning Disabilities Team

If you have autism and learning disabilities you may also be able to get support with your health needs from the from the Community Learning Disabilities Team. This is a multi- disciplinary team which includes social workers, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, learning disability nursing and physiotherapy. For more information please contact the Community Learning Disability Team Admin CLDT.Admin@trafford.gov.uk

Adult Mental Health Services

If you have autism and you also have mental health problems you may also be able to access specialist mental health support including counselling and psychological therapies from Adult Mental Health Services. For more information contact your GP

Respect for All Counselling

This organisation provides counselling for people on the Autistic Spectrum. Respect for All is a registered charity and will offer up to 8 free sessions. The counsellors have experience of working with people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions.

www.respectforall.org.uk/counselling

Tel 07902 223 743

Free Life Coaching for Adults on the Autistic spectrum in Trafford

What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching can look at any aspect of a person’s life. It is about a relationship where the life coach supports another person to focus on what they want to achieve in life and helps them to identify what is getting in the way of them achieving their goals.

Life coaching through ASGMA

Life coaching through TCIL

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support. Through their own experiences of mental health issues they have learnt how important having relevant information is, and how the right support can transform lives. Their site includes a section on autism which is dedicated to help raise awareness and signpost support options.

counselling-directory.org.uk/autism