Autism and Mental Health consultation report and film

The full report be downloaded here.

NEW! A film has also been made which features a number of branch members and adults with autism talking about their experiences.

If you are unable to view this film above, click here.

In October and November 2016, our branch carried out a consultation about the way in which mental health affects children and adults with autism, and accessing services in Hampshire in the last 3 years.

The consultation was funded and supported by Healthwatch Hampshire. The project was aimed at children, young people and adults with autism, their families/carers and professionals who work with them.

The branch worked in partnership with Hampshire Autism Voice (HAV) – the voluntary parent/carer/people-with-autism group on the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB). Autism Hampshire was commissioned to facilitate focus groups and one-to-one interviews.

The consultation consisted of an online survey to which146 people responded. At the same time, two focus groups for parents and carers took place: in total 36 people attended. There were seven 1:1 telephone interviews conducted with 6 adults with autism plus a parent of an adult who have accessed mental health services in Hampshire.

Once the online survey had closed, the initial results were discussed in a focus group with professionals to discuss their views. This group consisted of Mental Health professionals, Hampshire County Council and Healthwatch Hampshire representatives.

We look forward to the recommendations being taken on board by autism and mental health organisations to ensure an improvement to services.

The South Hampshire Branch is a self-funded branch of the National Autistic Society and run entirely by volunteers.

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