Improving community mental health provision for autistic people
Autism is a lifelong disability, and while it is not a mental health condition, many autistic people have mental health problems. According to the National Autistic Society, 70 per cent of autistic children and 76 per cent of autistic adults have mental health problems, and are more likely to try to take their own lives than the general population.
The government’s national strategy for autistic children, young people and adults includes a commitment to reduce the number of autistic people being placed in mental health inpatient units, increase community provision and provide early support to prevent people reaching crisis point.
This session will bring together people with lived experience of autism, clinicians, the National Autistic Society, and NHS England and NHS Improvement to look at some of the challenges and good practice in providing community based mental health services for autistic people.