Download the charter here (PDF)

Ask your local decision-makers to support the charter here

When you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.

Our Young Campaigners are all very different, but they are all determined to change the system so that all young people with autism can get the support they need from mental health services. Simon summed it up like this:

You wouldn't take a car to a mechanic that doesn't understand the engine, and likewise, we shouldn't let our friends and family be let down by mental health services that don't understand them.

The group have worked together to put together a charter for mental health services: 12 points that they think would make the biggest difference to services for children with autism. The points of the charter are creative solutions to the difficulties the Young Campaigners have faced when using services, and many are simple to put into practice. Download the charter here (PDF)

We are asking local commissioners of mental health services across England to demonstrate their commitment to delivering mental health services that really work for children and young people with autism by making the You Need To Know pledge.

This Charter voices the difficulties and wishes of young people with autism who know the system first-hand …They are the core matters that concern real people in the system today.

Please send an email to the people who make decisions about your local CAMHS and ask them to make their pledge now. Ask your local CAMHS to sign our pledge here.

We are also looking for campaigners to champion the charter in their local area and to ensure that local decision-makers who sign up meet their commitment to deliver better mental health support for children and young people with autism. If you would like to find out more about being a charter champion, contact the NAS campaigns team by emailing campaign@nas.org.uk or calling us on 020 7923 5799.