Mental health awareness week (9th-15th of May) aims to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness, which can be one of the main factors of anxiety in those with learning disabilities and autism. The learning disability charity Hft surveyed 1,000 people with a learning disability and/ or autism and reported that a third of people felt lonely all or most of the time. In response, the government launched a strategy to help combat loneliness by looking and what causes loneliness and how to improve it, increasing the chance for social relationships and tackling the stigma around loneliness. 'Social prescribing' by supporting people with learning difficulties and/ or autism to join community groups and activities can help combat loneliness. If you are feeling lonely, please reach out to those around you, you are not alone!