Jo recently marked Mental Health Awareness Week meeting DIFFERabled, an organisation bringing parents of children with additional support needs together.
The parents, who have children of all ages with autism, Asperger’s, Pathological Demand Avoidance and/or ADHD, discussed the barriers that they and their children must overcome daily.
“DIFFERabled provides a fantastic, uplifting network for these families, offering advice and support so that parents and guardians don’t have to tackle this alone. It’s time to listen to these families and ensure the right support from our health and social care services is available exactly when it’s needed, not weeks down the line.
“These parents face heart-breaking challenges and while their families’ experiences of additional support needs are different, there are alarming similarities in the support they’re getting. These range from a lack of support from under-funded and under-staffed health and social care services to the disparate approaches by education services. These battles can have a real impact on the mental health of parents as well as their children.
“No parent should have to fight for the support they should be receiving, and I hope that Mental Health Awareness Week has helped shine a light on some of these issues.”