What is STOMP?

STOMP is a national NHS England campaign which is aimed at stopping over medication of people with learning disabilities, autism or both. Often people with a learning disability and ‘challenging behaviour’ are prescribed psychotropic medication as a way of chemically sedating or ‘restraining’ them. Psychotropic medication, however, should be used when there is a diagnosis of mental health problems.

In CMG we support a number of people whose behaviour has been labelled as “challenging”. This includes people with a diagnosis of autism. We know that many people who are diagnosed with autism can experience heightened anxiety and sensory overload and may have difficulty expressing how they feel. All too often, people with these needs are admitted to hospitals, sometimes under a section of the Mental Health Act. This is in response to their behaviour which we should see as their way of communicating.