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.
The development and delivery of workshops and training have been led by a mix of CAN staff, community partners, clinicians, self-advocates & facilitators with lived experience.
Do you know an organization or business you would love to see trained by CAN? Email us!
Supporting Autistic Mental Health in the Workplace: FREE online training
Developed in partnership with Autism Nova Scotia (ANS), this training module is for HR professionals & employers who are looking to improve mental health supports for Autistic job seekers & employees.
- FREE for anyone to access
- 90 mins (3 modules), online & self-paced
Gain a better understanding of autism, neurodiversity, mental health and how to support Autistic individuals. Topics include:
- 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)
Developed with a group of advisors from Ontario, Nova Scotia & BC, including Autistic advocates, inclusive employers & clinicians.
Mental Health Resource Scan with Autism Nova Scotia
In 2021, we teamed up with Autism Nova Scotia (ANS) for a national scoping review to better understand the 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.
We want to hear from you!
Want to learn more about mental health resources for Autistic individuals? Interested in booking a customized workshop? Know an organization who would benefit from training?
Email our Sr. Manager of Mental Health & Wellness Initiatives Sarah Armstrong!
CAN mental health & wellness programs
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