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Supporting positive mental health

Mental Health

At Canucks Autism Network, we recognize a growing need to support the mental health of Autistic youth and adults.

In 2021, CAN conducted interviews, surveys, and focus groups with Autistic youth and adults to hear directly about their mental health needs. As a result, 92% of Autistic youth and adults surveyed indicated a need for mental health support but only 40% had adequate access to services.

Programs For Autistic Youth & Adults

Note: A formal autism diagnosis is not required for individuals 13yrs+ to participate in CAN programs and services. Learn more >> 

Understanding my Mental Health

Join CAN for a virtual mental health workshop run by two mental health clinicians, Dr. David Worling and Leah Marks. This is a practical and hands-on workshop designed to provide a balance of information, strategies, and tips to support day-to-day mental health!

Subscribe to the Youth and Adult Newsletter to stay informed about the next session!

Topic: Friendships
Tues, Aug 30 | 6:30pm-8pm | Zoom

The Women’s Peer Support Group is a support group organized by Canucks Autism Network. The group is open to all 18+ Autistic individuals who identify as a woman or non-binary, transgender inclusive!* It exists for members to validate, inform and support each other in areas of mutual interest and to foster friendships and social contacts. 

This virtual program will be led by Kayla Tellier, a facilitator with lived experience, and Rae Morris, an Individual & Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker. The Women’s Peer Support Group was inspired by Good Company – an Autistic Peer Group in Toronto, Canada, founded by Dori Zener and facilitated by Besa Shemovski Thomas.

* A CAN membership is not required to participate.

Registration for the August program opens Monday, July 11th at noon.  Register by July 18 at noon at canucksautism.ca/womensgroup.

Future group meetings will be held online via zoom once per month and monthly dates & registration information will be released in the monthly Youth & Adult newsletter.

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Receive monthly updates about our mental health initiatives and youth and adult programs.


Training For Employers & HR Professionals

Free online training

Developed in partnership with Autism Nova Scotia (ANS),  Supporting Autistic Mental Health in the Workplace is for HR professionals and employers who are looking to improve mental health supports for Autistic job seekers and employees.

This training module was developed with a group of advisors from Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, including Autistic advocates, inclusive employers, and clinicians.

With a focus on understanding and responding to mental health needs, best practices and supports to promote mental wellbeing, employers will learn concrete strategies to support Autistic team members.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Autism, Neurodiversity & Mental Health (issues that Autistic individuals encounter in the workplace)
  • Creating an Accepting Workplace (low-cost or no-cost strategies that benefit the well-being of all employees)
  • Identifying & Responding to Mental Health Crises (directing employees to mental health resources and employee benefits)

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Free!
Format: Online and self-paced
Note: Supporting Autistic Mental Health in the Workplace consists of 3 modules that must be completed in order.

Take the course >>


Mental Health Resource Scan with Autism Nova Scotia

In 2021, Canucks Autism Network teamed up with Autism Nova Scotia (ANS) to conduct a national scoping review to better understand some underlying challenges of mental health and employment for Autistic adults.

CAN further collaborated with ANS on a resource scan to identify barriers that Autistic individuals may encounter when trying to access publicly funded mental health services, and where further training and resources for service providers may be required. The findings pointed to significant barriers related to criteria, cost, and access, as well as major gaps in knowledge and training of mental health professionals.

Access the report summary >>

Contact us

Have questions about our mental health initiatives or want to get involved?

Email: [email protected]