Interview with Dr Sarah Cassidy: autism and suicide

Dr Sarah Cassidy currently leads the Atypical Development Research Theme in the Centre for Research in Psychology Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University. Her recent post-doctoral work has explored whether autistic adults are more at risk of mental health problems, suicidal ideation and behaviours.

Dr Sarah Cassidy kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Autism and Mental Health Conference in May this year. We asked Sarah a series of questions: you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us how you became interested in autism and a little about your current work?

2. What are the main factors leading to autistic people becoming at risk of suicide?

3. From your research, what would you say are the key elements in prevention of suicide for autistic people?

4. What in your opinion needs to change to support autistic people who may be at risk of suicide? 


Further information

Atypical Development Research Group Website

Coventry University blog coverage of study discussed

Link to journal article published in Lancet Psychiatry (open access)

Author: Dr Sarah Cassidy

Date added: 5 November 2015


Sun, 27/05/2018 - 01:51

Thanks. I've just been denied mental health support because on a (long) waiting list for Asperger's syndrome occupational health support. I shall be using this research on my appeal against this decision. Very helpful.