World Mental Health Day!

Happy World Mental Health Day! We all need help with our mental health at times, so please note these important resources for mental health crisis, and some essential information on the signs of anxiety and depression. Let's take this day to check in on loved ones and spread information on mental well-being.


Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that can impact anyone. There can be many causes of depression, and autistic people are at higher risk of developing depression.


Recognise the signs:

  • Continuous low moods, feelings of hopelessness and possible even suicidal idealations and thoughts of self-harm.

  • Changes in appetite, disruption of sleep and lack of energy.

  • Loss of interest in hobbies.

  • Difficulties with friends, family or work/school life.

Autistic People are more likely to experience:

  • Social Withdrawal.

  • Increased repetitive behaviours.

  • More frequent meltdowns.

  • An increased risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts.


Remember that depression looks different in everyone. People with depression may not exhibit all or most of the symptoms listed above. If you have reason to suspect you are depressed we strongly urge you to seek help.



Anxiety

Anxiety is a common feeling to experience in stressful environments. However, it can become problematic when anxiety begins to hold you back in life. Autistic people are at higher risk of developing anxiety.


Recognise the signs

  • Feeling restless or worried.

  • Sick feeling in your stomach.

  • Increased heartrate.

  • Breathing faster, increased sweating.

  • Nausea.

  • Sleeping problems.

  • Panic Attacks.

Anxiety effects everyone differently. People with anxiety may not exhibit all or most of the symptoms listed above. If you are concerned about anxiety, we strongly urge you to seek help.


https://jigsaw.ie/

https://www.aware.ie/support/support-line/

https://turn2me.ie/crisis-support/

https://www.childline.ie/

https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

https://www.autism.org.uk/


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