Autism Resources

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition that causes significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Suicide is a leading cause of death in autistic people. Autistic people have significantly higher rates of suicidal thoughts, suicidal behaviors, and deaths by suicide than the general public.

Research on Risk Factors

There are unique risk factors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors for autistic people such as:

Late diagnosis of autism

A 20‐year study of suicide death in a statewide autism population

Autistic burnout

Thwarted belonging