Autistic people are at a higher risk of suicide than non-autistic people. Figures show that as many as 11-66% of autistic adults had thought about suicide during their lifetime, and up to 35% had planned or attempted suicide (Hedley, D., & Uljarevic, M. 2018). In the Northwest, there is a lack of Neurodiversity-Inclusion Projects providing Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, with waiting lists for assessment extending up to three years.
Our project stands out due to its unique approach, tailoring NICE Guidelines to accommodate client requirements. This may involve utilising highly visual methods and conducting thorough assessments to meet the specific needs of each client.
The approach has achieved positive outcomes thus far. An evidence-based model involves documenting client information with consent and adopting a collaborative approach, involving clients in shaping the future of the service.