New research sheds light on why suicide is more common in autistic people | Jane Icke | Circa August 21, 2018

People who hide their autism by ‘camouflaging’ to try to fit into society, or who don’t receive correct support are at higher risk of suicide, according to new research.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham’s School of Psychology and the Universities of Coventry and Cambridge worked closely with a group of autistic people who had experienced mental healthproblems, self-injury or thoughts of ending life, to design a new innovative study that has just been published in the journal Molecular Autism. […]

by Jane Icke,  University of Nottingham

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-suicide-common-autistic-people.html


“To understand and prevent death by suicide in the autistic community, we must work with autistic people as equal partners in research, to ensure it is relevant and benefits those involved.

Growing research is showing that mental health services are failing autistic people, even when they are feeling suicidal. Our research suggests that this lack of support can also increase suicidal feelings. An urgent priority is to address this gap in service provision.”

Dr. Sarah Cassidy, University of Nottingham

“I’ve had to live breathe and navigate a society that has often been without informed understanding towards autistic people. All my life in order to survive I’ve had to ‘be someone I’m not’ and this effort takes a toll on your inner being and confidence.

We don’t want to ‘leave’, for us it’s not a statement or a cry for help, we just desire fulfilled lives as ourselves, but we are abraded to the point of absolute despair feeling ‘leaving’ has become the only option.

Then in our ‘hours of need’ we find the system meant to support us makes ‘staying’ harder by adding to the misunderstanding or are just absent. This has to change especially for the next generations of autistic people, so they don’t accumulate the hurt we older autistic people have.

This research is so vital for our survival and if actioned with appropriate support would bring both richness and worth to all of us, autistic and non-autistic alike”

Jon Adams, Autistic Activist

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