The World Health Organisation recognises Mental Health Day on 10 Oct 2017.
Autism is not a mental health problem. It is perfectly possible to have autism and very good mental health. But research* has demonstrated that 71% of children with autism develop mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD).
Samantha Whittick, now 21 is thriving in her current lifestyle. She is happily studying Law and Criminology at University, she lives with her boyfriend and they love attending music concerts together.
Six years ago things looked very different when Samantha tried to take her own life at the age of 15. Samantha’s mental state at the time was not due to her own, but her Father’s mental health issues linked to his autism, which at the time, was undiagnosed.