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Be Well, Think Well Resources

Mental Health Resources

Welcome to the mental health resource collection created by the ASERT Collaborative. This page features a collection of mental health resources developed by the ASERT team. These resources are designed to help people understand the mental health challenges experienced by individuals with autism.

Mental health problems impact the way that people think, feel, and behave. These mental health problems can affect functioning for people diagnosed with autism even more. Therefore, we have created a variety of resources that can help a variety of people understand the impact of mental health problems for individuals with autism. We have developed resources specifically for self-advocates with autism, parents and caregivers, first responders, and professionals.

Information about general mental health treatment is followed by specific information about each mental health disorder. All anxiety information is grouped together by tabs, followed by information on depression.

Mental Health Diagnoses

Be Well, Think Well: General Treatment for Mental Health Conditions

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about the use of medication and other treatments for people with autism who experience mental health conditions, what to prepare for medication appointments, behavioral health managed care organizations, and other types of intensive psychological treatments.

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Be Well, Think Well: General Medication Management

This collection of resources provides information for self-advocates about using medication as part of treatment for mental health diagnoses. Information includes preparing for a medication check, and information about taking medications.

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Be Well, Think Well: An Overview of Anxiety

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information explaining anxiety, signs and symptoms of anxiety, differences between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Autism, as well as information about what panic attacks could look and feel like for individuals.

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Be Well, Think Well: Supporting Individuals with Anxiety and Autism

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about supporting individuals with anxiety and autism through panic attacks and various relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and grounding techniques.

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Be Well, Think Well: Services and Treatment for Anxiety

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about managing anxiety, tips on how to face your fears, various types of therapies for anxiety, different relaxation techniques, medication for treating anxiety and depression, and way to find a therapist for an individual with autism.

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Be Well, Think Well: Overview of Depression

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about recognizing depression, signs and symptoms of depression in individuals with autism, diagnosing anxiety and depression in individuals with autism, and behaviors to look for to identify whether what you’re seeing is a symptom of autism or something else.

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Be Well, Think Well: Supporting Individuals with Depression and Autism

This resource provides information on how to support individuals with autism who also have a diagnosis of depression.

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Be Well, Think Well: Services and Treatment for Depression

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about managing depression, strategies for working with individuals who have autism and depression, common types of therapy for depression, medications for depression and anxiety, and how to find a therapist for an individual with autism.

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Special Areas of Concern

Be Well Think Well: Mental Health in Emergency Situations

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about helping a first responders manage a crisis with individuals with autism and serious mental illness, identify reasons individuals may be anxious in an emergency and how to help reduce that anxiety, and examples of concrete language that first responders can use when interacting with individuals in an emergency situation.

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Be Well, Think Well: Suicide Resources

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about what are suicidal thoughts and how to manage those thoughts, the risk and protective factors for suicide, and information to help professionals know what to do if they are working with someone with ASD who has thoughts of suicide.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.