Most people have times when they feel stressed or low in mood.  This usually passes fairly quickly and easily.

For many reasons, autistic people are more prone to anxiety and depression than most other people, with parents, carers or partners sometimes finding it stressful supporting their autistic loved ones.

Sometimes a person can’t stop feelings of anxiety or low mood.  They may not know what to do, feel desperate or be concerned things are getting worse.   This situation can be called a ‘crisis point’ – and the person may need to get some help.

Please check the links below for advice on what to do in the following situations:

  • If you or someone you care for is having a mental health emergency or crisis
  • If you or someone you care for is at immediate risk of harm because of their mental health
  • If you are not sure if you or someone you care for might need urgent help to keep safe because of their mental health

Click here for information on what to do in a mental health emergency or crisis.

Click here for information and advice if you need help now.

Feeling a mental health crisis coming?

If you are not at crisis point but are worried this may happen, or feel you have been struggling for too long and things are not getting better, you can ask for help.

You may have a family member or good friend who can give you the help you need, or you may wish to ask for help from a professional.

See below for some services you can contact for help:

Talk to your GP

You can make an appointment to talk about any mental health concerns with your GP.  They can give you professional advice.  In some cases, they might prescribe medication to help or refer you to a specialist mental health service.

Contacting a phone or text support service

If you or someone you care for is really struggling with anxiety or low mood, you can contact one of the support services listed below.

If this is difficult for you to do by yourself, ask a parent/carer, teacher or a good friend to support you to do this.

Samaritans logoSamaritans: Mental health support service available 24 hours a day, every day of the year

Telephone: 116 123

Click here to visit their website where you can find information or use their instant messaging service

Shout logoSHOUT: Mental health text support service available 24 hours a day, every day of the year

Text SHOUT to 85258

Click here to visit their website



SANE logoSANE: Offers support to anyone with a mental health problem or who is supporting someone else.

They are available from 4:30pm – 10:30pm every day

Telephone: 0300 304 7000



Mind logoMIND: Offers information about mental health.  They can also signpost you to other services so that you receive the most appropriate support.

They are available 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: 0300 123 393

Click here to visit their website

ChatAutism logoChatAutism

If issues directly related to autism are causing mental health problems like anxiety or low mood, you can ask advice from ChatAutism, a text messaging support service for autistic people and their families, carers and loved ones in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Available 9am-5pm every weekday, including school holidays – but not during bank holidays.

You will receive a response within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.

Please note  – Chat Autism is not an emergency or crisis service

Send a text to:  07312 277097

or click here to start a chat.

Click here for a printable PDF listing clear advice and a range of support services.

Talking therapy with Vita Health Group

If you are over 16 you can self-refer to Vita Health Group. This is a free service that offers talking therapy to help with range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, sleep difficulties, OCD and trauma.

They have interventions in various formats such as 1:1, group, video call and telephone call.

You need to live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to access this service.

Click here to find out more about this service or give them a call on 0330 094 5595.

Everyday self care

Taking good care of your mental health and wellbeing can help you avoid reaching crisis point.

Practicing self-care regularly can also help moments of low mood or anxiety happen less often and can make it quicker and easier to shake off negative feelings.

See below for some ideas and resources for taking good care of your mental health:

Online tips and tools for mental health self-care

For autistic adults

For autistic young people

For anyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland

For anyone

For young people


For autistic adults

The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism SpectrumThe Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum by Jeanette Purkis, Dr Emma Goodall and Dr Jane Nugent.

This book contains practical advice and strategies to help autistic people improve their mental wellbeing.






For anyone

How to be Mindful and How to be CalmHow to be Mindful and How to Be Calm – two books by Anna Barnes to help improve your mental health. 

They are full of practical, clear, simple tips and tools – with stylish, impactful graphics and illustrations throughout.



The Self Care ProjectThe Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy from the Blurt Foundation

Practical advice on how to take care of yourself and take responsibility for your own mental and physical wellbeing – without feeling guilty about it.

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