Embracing Complexity

Embracing Complexity, JPA Health / Autistica
People who think and see the world differently have the potential to bring huge value and diversity of thinking to society, but also face complex and overlapping challenges. Many people have more than one neurodevelopmental or mental health condition (NDCs), yet we live in a system that addresses one at a time.

The campaign sought to highlight the common challenges people with NDCs face in relation to diagnosis, support and the need for greater research across NDCs. The main aim was to encourage charities, government, health, education, justice and other services to embrace complexity themselves by joining forces to deliver integrated services to better support people with NDCs and enable them to reach their full potential.

The campaign drew on a survey of 500 people with NDCs, which generated valuable insight presented in a report and a clear call to action. The campaign secured the support of Health Secretary Matt Hancock to launch the report in Parliament to a wide range of stakeholders including parliamentarians, council representatives, Royal Colleges and charities.

In less than a year, the campaign became a Coalition of over fifty charities, secured commitments from government and supported over £600,000 of research with various partners.

A key feature of the campaign was to enable people with NDCs to actively shape activities. This was done through the survey, people with NDCs working on the campaign, individuals with NDCs and/or their parents or carers sitting on the Steering Group, and attending and speaking at the launch event.