This week, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies joined autistic campaigners and charities to celebrate the launch of Molehill Mountain, the first ever evidence-led smartphone app aiming to help autistic adults understand and manage their own anxiety.
Almost 8 in 10 autistic people experience mental health problems like anxiety or depression. Helping people understand the causes of anxiety and the reasons for their symptoms is key to managing it better.
Mims Davies MP welcomed the app, saying:
“1 in 100 people in Eastleigh are autistic, and the Molehill Mountain app could make a real difference to their everyday lives.
‘I’m very excited to see how this app, and those like it, will be able to ensure Eastleigh residents can carry a helpful tool for their mental wellbeing in their pockets.’
Jon Spiers, Chief Executive at Autistica, explains:
“We wanted to offer something practical that can be used whenever and wherever it’s needed. Many autistic people have a real affinity with tech and our autistic testers and developers told us that personalisation was important, so an app seemed like the perfect solution.”
Molehill Mountain is available in the Apple App Store now, with an Android version coming soon. The app is accompanied by a digital learning package on anxiety and autism, which is available from the Autistica website and includes an email course and supporting web content.