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How people with Autism access mental health services specifically suicide hotlines and crisis support services, and current approaches to mental health care: a scoping review
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 15:32 authored by Cleary, M, West, S, Hunt, GE, McLean, L, Hungerford, C, Rachel KornhaberRachel Kornhaber
For people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the risk of mental illness, including suicidality, has a higher prevalence than the general population. This scoping review explored how people with ASD access suicide hotlines/crisis support services; and current approaches to delivering mental health services (MHS) to people with ASD. A search identified 28 studies meeting the selection criteria with analysis revealing four key findings. The support received by the person with ASD influenced how they accessed MHS; people often encounter barriers to accessing MHS; a separation exists between autism and MHS; and no studies on accessing or delivering MHS through crisis hotlines. The presence of such autism-specific crisis hotlines and the dearth of studies suggest a void in the existing research.
Publication titleIssues in mental health nursing
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
Place of publicationLondon
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