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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 & adults.

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

  • This year, we launched vital opportunities for Autistic individuals to support their mental health.
  • We also launched training with Autism Nova Scotia for businesses to support Autistic employees.

Workshops and training have been led by a mix of CAN staff, community partners, clinicians, self-advocates & facilitators with lived experience.

CAN membership is not required to participate. Additionally, a formal autism diagnosis is not required for ages 13y+. Learn more > 


In-Person Workshop (13-17yrs)
Tue, Nov 29 | 6:45-8:00pm
CAN office (1788 West 8th Ave, Vancouver)

Online Workshop (18+yrs)
Tue, Dec 6 | 6:45-8pm | Zoom

Clearly defined boundaries cultivate emotional & mental well-being by creating predictability & structure in how others treat us & how we treat others. Led by Autistic educator & coach Julia Mitchell, this workshop contains visual, step-by-step practices that can be applied to all areas of life.

Reg deadline extended to Mon, Nov 21 at 11:59pm: 13-17yrs | 18+yrs

Virtual Session (18+)
Tue, Nov 29 | 6:30-8pm | Zoom

For all 18+ Autistic individuals who identify as a woman or non binary, transgender inclusive. Led by Kayla Tellier, a facilitator with lived experience, and Rae Morris, a Therapist & Social Worker, this month’s topic will focus on Disclosure in Relationships & the Workplace.

Register by Oct 27.

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.

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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]