Articles about: Mental Health

Disability support and mental health services collaborating for better outcomes

Many people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also experience mental health issues. Often their needs assessment and finding the right health services can be complex. Services need to take a collaborative approach although they often have different models of care, eligibility criteria and places of work. In 2014 the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) clarified […]

Widening the lens: Autism and mental health conditions in young people

Children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more likely than the general population to experience mental health problems but how do we separate out what behaviours or challenges are ‘autism’ and what is a ‘mood disorder’ or ’behaviour disorder’? The diagnosis of ASD¹ is challenging because autism  is complex; there is a high degree of symptom […]

Peer support – A framework for a good life

Paula Jessop has been interested in mental health’s peer support concept for some years. Studying the National Certificate in Peer Support will enable her to work with people in a slightly different way – one that recognises her own life experience and places greater emphasis on assisting people to make decisions and set their own […]

Depression in adults with autism

Depression is a common mental health problem, affecting around six per cent of New Zealanders every year, the Health Promotion Agency found in 2014. There is a significant amount of research indicating that adults with autism experience increased rates of mental illness, particularly anxiety and depression, (Cederlund et al., 2008; Howlin, 2007; Howlin et al., […]

Autism in adults. What do mental health services see?

Until recently, much of the knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders centred on child and adolescent mental health and developmental paediatric services. Many adults with autism and mental health issues struggle to find the support they need due to misdiagnosis and lack of training. Services for children and young people with autism have developed […]