“I’m OK thank you. I hope you are too.” – talking about mental health, suicide and autism 

An excellent article, which gives life saving tips. In Canada, one can call 1-833-456-4566, pr text 45645. Suicide and suicide attempts in autistic people, especially non speakers, is grossly underestimated, as many cases are misclassified as elopement, missing persons, drownings, or “accidental” deaths.

YennPurkis

Content warning: Discussion of mental health and suicidal thoughts  

On Wednesday I did something I have never done before: I went a morning tea with my team at work and we talked about mental health and suicide prevention. One of my colleagues organised it as part of R U OK day. We had an amazing and very open conversation. It was one of the best things I have been part of at work and I found it really helpful.

The thing that struck me about this meeting was how unusual it was. Most people don’t want to talk about mental health issues or suicide. This silence breeds more silence and tends to make people very reluctant to talk about these topics, even if they really need to.

Up until quite recently the accepted wisdom around talking about suicide and related issues was that you shouldn’t do it because it…

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