Autism and mental health experts speak about anxiety, depression and suicide and encourage people to get involved in research. 

Talk timings:

Introduction - Dr James Cusack, Director of Science at Autistica
01:30 - Aisling Gallagher, autistic advocate
08:55 - Dr James Cusack
16:52 - Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at King's College London
50:35 - Audience questions


As part of the Discover Lecture series, Professor Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, King's College London, and our Director of Science Dr James Cusack speak about the links between autism and anxiety, depression and suicide, and what is being done to help those experiencing these issues. 

Autistic adovocate Aisling Gallagher adds to the conversation with her personal experiences of mental health services.

Dr James Cusack talks about the high rates of mental health problems in autism, and what is being done to tackle this in children and adults.

Professor Simonoff focuses on the increased levels of anxiety for those with autism compared to the general population. She talks about the research that has been done to understand the problem that affects so many. She introduces a new app that will soon be available to young people to help manage everyday worries and stress.  

The talk concludes with a Q&A session in which the expert panel answer audience questions. 


Thank you to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and to Terra Firma for supporting this lecture.