Warning Signs of Suicide: Autism
Autism Resource for Warning Signs of Suicide: Considerations for the Autism Community. The toolkit was developed in conjunction with American Association of Suicidology’s Autism and Suicide committee and written by its co-chairs. This toolkit examines the warning signs for the general public listed on the American Association of Suicidology (AAS)’s website and explains important considerations to be aware of when working with autistic people.
The guide can be downloaded here: https://mailchi.mp/suicidology.org/autism-toolkit
The Committee has developed two free resources to help crisis center workers, mental health professionals, and others better support autistic individuals who are at risk for suicide:
- Crisis Supports for the Autism Community: https://suicidology.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Autism-Crisis-Supports.pdf
- Autism Resource for Warning Signs of Suicide: Considerations for the Autism Community: https://mailchi.mp/suicidology.org/autism-toolkit
Their goal is to increase awareness that autistic individuals experience elevated rates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, with suicide being one of the leading causes of premature death in autistic people. Autistic people need specific resources for suicide prevention and crisis support, which has motivated this Committee to publish these free resources.
For more information, visit the AAS website.