Autism is not a mental health problem, and whilst a lot of children and young people with autism have good mental health, around 7 out of 10 young people with autism have a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or OCD.
Autism is a spectrum which means everybody with autism is different. Some autistic young people need little or no support. Others may need regular help from a parent, carer or a professional.
If you think you have autism some of the things you may notice include:
If you think you may have autism it is important to speak to someone you trust so that they can help you get the support and assessments you need. This will normally be through your GP or School at first who will then follow Bolton’s Autism Pathway for children and young people.
Young Minds have produced a guide for young people with autism
A range of advice and guidance about autism developed by the National Autistic Society
A video of children, young people and adults sharing their experiences of autism
An animation by the National Autistic Society about what autism is
Youth patrons from Ambitious about Autism explain what it’s like to be autistic and how you can support autistic people
Top tops and practical resources for autistic young people