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Two halves of the same whole: A framework to integrate autism and mental health services


Cleary, M and West, S and McLean, L and Kornhaber, R and Hungerford, C, Two halves of the same whole: A framework to integrate autism and mental health services, Issues in Mental Health Nursing pp. 1-11. ISSN 0161-2840 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2022.2126570


Given the higher rates of co-occurring mental health issues experienced by autistic people, there is a pressing need to implement an effective framework that integrates autism services with appropriate mental health services. This paper discusses the impact of mental illness on the person with autism and their families, and the current challenges they face when accessing mental health support. A framework for service providers is proposed to support the mental health needs and preferences of autistic people. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of health professionals utilising mental health interventions appropriate for autistic people, including autism-specific suicide prevention and awareness programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autism, mental health services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:154725
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-12-29
Last Modified:2023-03-20

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