Date lodged: 11 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve mental health service provision for autistic people, in light of a recent survey by the Autistic Mutual Aid Society, which indicated that a quarter of people were denied this support because they are autistic.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 27 February 2019
The Scottish Government is absolutely committed to improving the lives of autistic people in Scotland through The Scottish Strategy for Autism and values the involvement of autistic people in the strategies planning and decision.
Local provision of mental health support for autistic people is the responsibility of the local NHS Boards The Scottish Government is clear that all NHS Boards must ensure that their services are planned efficiently so that patients - including autistic people - have swift and safe access to the full range of services they need. Nationally, support is also available through NHS 24, the Samaritans, Breathing Space and NHS Living Life.