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Psychology Seminar Series *CANCELLED*

20 March 2020

Dr Sarah Cassidy, Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Partnership with Autistic People

“Up to 72% of autistic people report having contemplated suicide, and up to 35% report having attempted suicide.  Large scale national studies show that autistic people with or without co-occurring intellectual disability are significantly more likely to die by suicide than the general population, with suicide a leading cause of early death in autistic people.  However, both mental health and suicide in autism are poorly understood and under-researched.  This talk will cover a program of work aiming to better assess, understand and prevent suicidal thoughts and behaviours in autism, in partnership with autistic people and those who support them.  First, results of a 3-year priority setting partnership facilitated by the James Lind Alliance, to identify the top 10 autism community priorities for future suicide prevention research.  Second, results from a 3-year project developing a new tool to better identify suicidal thoughts and behaviours in partnership with autistic adults for use in research.  Third, results from participatory research aiming to understand why autistic people are more at risk of suicide, and what kind of suicide prevention strategies might be needed for the unique needs of this group.  Lastly, areas for future potential research will be highlighted in light of community priorities”.

Please direct any queries to Nicki Weightman

published on: 4 March 2020