AUTISM, MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE
I was glad to be able to participate in a debate on Autism, Mental Health and Suicide last week.
Recent research shows that 66% of those diagnosed with autism have considered suicide.
Clearly there is a need for more investment in mental health from the UK Government particularly for those living with autism.
Whilst the Scottish Government has done important work in developing and creating a Scottish Strategy for Autism, funding squeezes from the UK Government creates ongoing challenges.
Young people living with autism are 28 times more likely to consider suicide than other young people so clearly the challenge is to provide sufficient support for those living with autism.
Indeed, a study carried out in Sweden concluded that suicide is the leading cause of premature death in people with autism.
Please click on the link below to hear my contribution to the debate