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Article Date: 20 Sep 2010

The National Autistic Society (NAS) welcomed the publication of the Kennedy review of how the NHS treats children, which recommends investment in mental health support. The charity says thousands of children with autism in England are needlessly facing a future of mental health problems, because the NHS does not know how to help them.

Mark Lever, chief executive of the NAS said; “This important review crucially recognises the need for improvements in mental health as evidenced by the findings of our You Need To Know campaign. Our research found services failed to help two thirds of children with autism and in some cases even made their mental health worse.

“Too many children with autism are developing preventable mental health problems and find themselves up against a broken system that doesn’t understand them or their needs. All too often they receive inappropriate, ineffectual and sometimes harmful treatments. This has a devastating effect on families many of whom develop their own mental health problems as a result.

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