Mental Health Issues Affecting Individuals on the Autistic Spectrum

Speakers at the mental health forumA Collaborative Forum Organised by Research Autism on 11th July 2007

Held at the Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University, Keyworth Street, London SE1 0AA

Wednesday 11 July from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Key Note presentation by Professor Digby Tantam, University of Sheffield.

The 2005 study of the membership of the National Autistic Society by Richard Mills and Lorna Wing highlighted the importance of informed psychiatric support for individuals with autistic spectrum disorders and the high prevalence of anxiety related problems.

This latest forum brought together individuals on the spectrum, families, researchers and professionals to explore topics of concern in order to scope and commission future research in this area. Our invited speakers represented the various perspectives of mental health issues in autism.


  • Professor Ann Le Couter: Mental health issues in children and adolescents with Autism/ASD: a challenge for clinical practice and research
  • Joe Powell. My life, autism and Sunderland Football Club
  • Dr Juli Crocombe. The use and abuse of psychotropic medication in people with autistic spectrum
  • Tee Randall. The role of the mentor in promoting positive mental health.
  • David Moat. The role of the mentor in promoting positive mental health
  • Professor Digby Tantam. Psychiatrist's perspective: Clinical perspective of working with people with Asperger syndrome

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