Autism lifts sui­cide risk

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

RE­SEARCHERS say psy­chi­a­trists need ur­gent train­ing on the di­ag­no­sis and man­age­ment of autism in adults, who are at greater risk of sui­cide.

Older Aus­tralians on the autism spec­trum are be­ing let down by a gap in men­tal health ser­vices for autis­tic adults, a gath­er­ing of psy­chi­a­trists has been told.

“Autism is not a men­tal ill­ness but peo­ple with autism are at very high risk of get­ting a men­tal ill­ness,” Dr Cathy Franklin said. “The mes­sage is psy­chi­a­trists need to learn more about autism.”

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