Raising awareness in intervention settings on the importance of actively preventing suicidal behaviors

Suicidal behaviors are also present in people with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder

Suicide and suicidal behaviors are often not recognized in persons presenting an intellectual disability (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), even in specialized intervention settings. Yet suicidal behaviors are frequent in persons with an ID or ASD.

  • Suicidal ideations: Up to 23% of persons with ID, 40% of persons with ASD, and 66% of persons with high-functioning ASD have suicidal ideations at some point in their life.
  • Suicide attempt: Up to 11% of persons with ID, 15% of persons with ASD, and 35% of persons with high-functioning ASD have attempted suicide at least once;
  • Suicide deaths: In Québec in 2017, youths under 25 years old with ASD had twice the suicide death rate of the general population of youths.

Acting together to prevent suicide: tools for intervention settings and practitioners

Researchers and their partners are available to participate in awareness raising activities in specialized intervention settings. Contact us for further details!

You can also watch this 2020 webinar on the IDAS Process: