Coping during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global situation which has changed our daily way of life. Lockdown measures are essential to tackle the spread of COVID-19 but we want to understand  how these measures are affecting the wellbeing, mental health and everyday routines of autistic and non-autistic adults. Around half of autistic adults have a co-occurring anxiety disorder, so we imagine that this is a particularly difficult time for anxiety management 

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There have been a lot of surveys about mental and physical health in the wake of COVID-19, but none specifically aimed at the autism community.  So we took to social media to ask if it would be beneficial to gather some data. 78% of autistic respondents thought this would be worthwhile.

As a result, we have designed a survey to find out how people's mood, wellbeing, routines and experiences have changed since the lockdown measures started. The survey is short, and should take only about 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey will help us to understand how autistic people can be better supported in the event of future periods of lockdown, or generally when facing periods of social isolation or uncertainty. 

Coping during COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey! We have been overwhelmed with the number of responses from both autistic and non autistic people. We have reached our target sample size, and we won't need any extra responses at this time. We will be posting the results as soon as possible.

 

We hope anyone still intending to take part will be able to get involved in our future research!

Support & Information

We know that this is a difficult time for many and it's not always easy to know where to turn to for support and information. If you are looking for the latest guidance on how to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic you should check the Public Health England and the NHS websites. 

 

If you are autistic, or caring for someone autistic, and looking for advice on how to manage mental health and uncertainty at this time then Autistica have put together a list of great resources aimed at supporting autistic people during this crisis.

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