New course offers help to parents supporting children with mental health issues

Many children and young people with autism spectrum conditions face severe and complex mental health issues.

To help parents and carers to support children and teenagers aged from 8 to 18, Autism Berkshire is now offering free two-day Mental Health First Aid courses to provide them with information about mental health, how to deal with moments of difficulty on a first aid basis and where to turn for help.

The first of these courses, for parents and carers who live in the Borough of Reading, will take place at Autism Berkshire’s office in Richfield Place, Reading, on Wednesday, November 9, and Thursday, November 10. The sessions will run from 9am to 5pm on both days.

Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, alcohol and substance misuse and eating disorders.

The course will be led by a qualified instructor from Mental Health First Aid England.

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Please note that due to funding, these courses are currently only available to parents and carers living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire.

Course dates for parents and carers living in Wokingham and West Berkshire are being arranged and we will give details shortly.

Click here for more information or call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email

The courses are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.