Suicide attempts three times higher in people with autism: study

The authors say women and girls with the condition seem to be at particular risk
Clare Pain

People with autism spectrum disorder are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers without the condition, a population study suggests.

Australian-led researchers examined Danish population and registry data covering more than 6.5 million people aged 10 years and over (spanning 1995-2016), more than 35,000 of whom had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).