Suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts have been shown to be increased in people with ASD. Rates are similar to those with bipolar depression and schizophrenia, but are higher even without psychosis. This is shocking and an urgent health issue in the autism community. This week’s podcast summarizes recent data, publications, presentations, and concerns of thought leaders in autism about rates of suicide, what the risk factors are, and where research should be directed to prevent suicide.
If you or anyone you know is thinking about ending their life, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: +1 (800) 273-8255.