Suicide Risk in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Exploratory Discussion

Tony Salvatore, Jerrod Brown, Bethany Hastings, Barbara Luskin, Julie Martindale


Autism Spectrum Disorder affects an individual’s development and creates a unique set of daily challenges and stressors.  The chronic strain of this disorder can contribute to increased suicide risk.  This article investigates suicidality, suicide risk factors specific to adults with autism, protective factors against suicidality in persons with autism, obstacles to identifying and helping this population, and policy and programming recommendations.  Criminal justice, mental health professionals, and other groups that have contact with this population must be able to identify the disorder and understand what resources are available.


Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), suicidality, policy, evaluation


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