Suicides within the autism community are prevalent among those with milder autism. Nevertheless, it can affect anyone on the spectrum.
Behind the risk factors for suicide in the general population, children with autism are bullied at a much higher rate than those unaffected by autism. The statistic shows that they have a high tendency to surrender to their suicidal thoughts. Click here to find out how you can put an end to bullying and improve your child’s safety.
People with autism are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. It has been suggested that parents and caretakers of children with autism must pay attention to their child’s behaviour and detect any negative emotions that torment them. Here are a few tips to follow if you really care for them:
- Identify the risk and figure out how immediate is the danger. Also, try to know how they plan to meet their end so that you can be extra careful.
- If you hear them saying, “I want to die; I hate myself,” or “I won’t be a burden for much longer” or insisting that they would not need ‘medication’ in future. Then get help right away!
- Gain their confidence and listen to them. Try to calm them with a gentle response.
- Let them know that you sympathize and care for them and offer help to overcome their anxiety.
- Encourage them to tell you their grievances, hold their hands, hug them and offer verbal support.
- If all the above help fails and they still show suicidal inclination, then please do not leave them alone. Get a psychiatrist or a counsellor’s appointment immediately!
A child with autism may be a good performer at school, but the constant fear of being exposed to his phobias stops him/her from socializing with his/her teachers and students, that leads to depression. Depression is the main cause of suicides in children with autism, but constant bullying can be also associated with a suicidal thought.
Research shows that bullying people with autism is also very common in our society. Manhandling accompanied with bullying can upset these youngsters which may lead to isolation, anxiety and depression. They try to avoid people and may not discuss the situation with their parents or teachers.
Dheeraj Rai, a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol in the U.K. says, “Bullying explains 50 percent of the relationship between problems with social communication and a diagnosis of depression. We know that people with autism feel victimized after bullying; it’s very common and something that many people and their families relate to us.”
Doctors suggested that parents of children with autism must pay close attention to detect any changes in their child’s normal behaviour and emotions. Also, try to work on helping them develop communication and social skills from a very early age.