Neurodiversity and Mental Health


Autism is defined by the National Autistic Society as:

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

National Autistic Society

Mental health: a state of well-being

The World Health Organisation define Mental health as

“a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO’s definition of health as contained in its constitution: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

WHO Fact File

Mental health support

Anxiety UK: a charity which specifies in helping those suffering from anxiety.

 The Samaritans: a charity providing support to anyone in emotional distress.

 Mind: a charity that makes sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.


Neorodiversity and Mental Health