Autism and Mental Health project

Autism and Mental Health project

This project is working together with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to improve how mental health services across the region work with autistic adults.

It will also work with Leeds Mind in developing adapted peer support training and provide training for advocacy and social prescribing services as well as resources to help access services.

It is funded for four years from autumn 2021 by a grant from the Comic Relief Change Makers fund. The Change Makers programme is launching twenty new initiatives involving 45 organisations, spanning all four nations of the UK, over the next five years, aiming at lasting, transformative change.

The programme aims to find innovative solutions to problems affecting vulnerable people that have been overlooked or under-resourced at a local, regional and national level.

The project will work alongside our Leeds Autism AIM service, linking to them but with a separate focus.

What does the project do?

The project offers the following services:

  • Enabling autistic adults to have a stronger voice in how local mental health services work through developing direct, ongoing consultation routes to mental health leads
  • Supporting the development of autistic peer support offers – free training across West Yorkshire to further peer support to autistic adults – both autism-led and generic
  • Providing training to advocacy and social prescribing services to help autistic adults access the services they need
  • Personalised self-advocacy resources to help put forward your needs

Who is the project for?

The project is for autistic adults living in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. This covers the following local authorities:

  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Wakefield
  • Kirklees
  • Calderdale

The project will be focused on the Leeds area in year one, spreading its work out to the other areas listed above later on.

The project will also link to mental health professionals and people working for social prescribing and advocacy services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

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Funded by a grant from Comic Relief

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