Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, is backing a new campaign by the National Autistic Society (NAS), You Need to Know, which aims to tackle an unfit mental health system that fails two thirds of children with autism and often makes their mental health worse.
Stephen said; “We all need to know that by giving children with autism the understanding and support they need, we help promote their health and happiness. Too many are currently developing preventable mental health problems and find themselves up against a broken system that doesn’t understand them or their needs. It is a tragic waste of their potential.”
Stephen said: “There are many individuals who are making a tremendous difference to the life of a child with autism, and this is being recognized by the Happiness Hero award. I call on local children and families affected by autism to nominate their Happiness Hero, an individual who has gone the extra mile - it could be a mental health professional, teacher, youth group worker or another individual who has made a positive difference.”