Autism Awareness Week 2019

What is Autism Awareness Week?

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is proud to be supporting Autism Awareness Week 2019. Autism Awareness Week is an internationally recognised event that will takes place this year from April 1st to April 7th, with the full seven days dedicated to encouraging people across the UK to take part in activities to raise money and awareness for the National Autistic Society until everyone understands.

What is autism?

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. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

CW Mind autism services:

We provide services to support people with autism and their families.

Autism Support Service – Our Autism support service aims to provide support to children, young people and families pre and post an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Funded through Warwickshire County Council and delivered across Coventry and Warwickshire, this new service will sit alongside CW Mind’s children and young people’s department, CAMHS Rise and Specialist CAMHS. This service is to strengthen existing ASD support within current services.

ASD Social Clubs –  Our social clubs are open to children and young people at the medium to high functioning end of the Autistic Spectrum, such as those with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA). The social clubs provide a variety of social and informal educational opportunities which encourage the young people to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and understanding of their emotional health.

Autism awareness video

Take a look at our autism awareness video below. It was created by Laura who leads our Autism Support Service as a visual and handy guide to what autism is and how you can understand it more.

Further information

To find out more about autism, we recommend the following websites for information and resources:

Time to Talk Day Events

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff were on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus in Coventry city centre during Time to Talk Day as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing.

Never ones to miss an opportunity to promote mental health, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff were out on Time to Talk Day 2019 with the message ‘let’s get talking’.

Our kettles were boiled and tea bags and biscuits were on hand at our Time to Talk Day events, to help get conversations flowing on the day.

Thank you to everyone who came along to find out more about our mental health services and take part in Time to Talk Day activities at our Wellbeing Hubs in Coventry and Nuneaton.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus was also parked in Broadgate, Coventry city centre, on the day as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing, and was particularly busy with a steady stream of visitors of all ages stepping inside.

It was fantastic to see so many people engaged with the theme of this year’s Time to Talk Day theme, that it only takes a few ingredients to get conversations started around mental health.

While Time to Talk Day takes place once a year, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here every day to keep the conversation going around mental health, to be a listening ear and provide support.

If you missed our bus and would like to get on board, there are still plenty of opportunities throughout the year. Take a look at our bus timetable here.