Supporting people with aphasia to ‘settle into a new way to be’: speech and language therapists’ views on providing psychosocial support

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Northcott et al (2017) considered the links between people with aphasia and the development of depression and increased isolation.


This multidisciplinary study is one of a number of studies that explored how Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) conceptualize the scope of their role; barriers and facilitators to SLTs addressing psychosocial needs; SLTs’ experiences of specialist training and support and working with Mental Health Professionals (MHPs). A main finding of the study was that participants perceived many MHPs did not consider people with aphasia as ‘appropriate candidates’ for psychological input.