32 year old Autistic man goes back home to his family after spending 15 years of his life detained in mental hospital

32 year old Autistic man goes back home to his family after spending 15 years of his life detained in mental hospital



A man with autism who has spent over 15 years of his life detained in a mental health hospital has been released after a years long campaign by his mother.


Ryan Clarke, 32, had been in the mental facility since 2006 when he was just 17 over concerns he would self-harm.


He was originally diagnosed with schizophrenia, but received a revised diagnosis of autism when he was 28.


Until Monday, November 8, he had spent the past five years in a forensic psychiatry unit, which also cared for patients with criminal convictions.


Mrs Clarke said her son was "ecstatic" to have been discharged and would now live independently in his own accommodation with carers.


"He was over the moon, he loved it," she said.


Back in July, the National Autistic Society (NAS) said the number of autistic people confined to mental health hospitals in England was a "national scandal". NHS figures show the number of autistic patients detained in hospital rose from 1,105 to 1,215 between 2015 and 2021.


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