Risk markers for suicidality in autistic adults

Sarah Cassidy1, 2, 3
• Louise Bradley2,
• Rebecca Shaw2, 4 and
• Simon Baron-Cohen3, 5
Molecular Autism   2018 9:42    
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13229-018-0226-4      © The Author(s). 2018
• Received: 22 February 2018   • Accepted: 22 July 2018   • Published: 31 July 2018



Research has shown high rates of suicidality in autism spectrum conditions (ASC), but there is lack of research into why this is the case. Many common experiences of autistic adults, such as depression or unemployment, overlap with known risk markers for suicide in the general population. However, it is unknown whether there are risk markers unique to ASC that require new tailored suicide prevention strategies.

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2 comments on “Risk markers for suicidality in autistic adults
  1. Helen Jones says:

    It’s not rocket science, sadly.

  2. Linda says:

    I shall be taking this paper when I go to a consultation event with NHS England next week

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