New autism study a “shocking wake-up call” for society, say academics | Coventry University | Circa October 23, 2017

People who show characteristics of autism are more at risk of attempting suicide, according to a Coventry University study whose results are being presented to a United States federal advisory committee tomorrow.

Researchers found that people who exhibited higher levels of autistic traits were more likely to try to end their lives than people without the traits because they felt they were excluded from society, were a burden on friends and family, and because they experienced depression. […]

By Coventry University

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-autism-wake-up-society-academics.html

“These are life and death issues. Research to date has failed to understand the link between autistic traits and suicide but this study suggests that promoting social inclusion and independence could literally save lives.”

Mirabel Peyton, Researcher

“This is a shocking wake-up call for society, when a significant section of the population feel that they don’t belong in the world. As a society we urgently must do more to value neurodiversity. This could ultimately save lives.”

Dr. Sarah Cassidy, University of Nottingham

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