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Essentials: Self-Harm & Suicide in Autism

Thursday 02nd December 2021

Virtual Event via Zoom

9.15am Registration/Login, 9.30am Welcome and 1.00pm Close


Recent research shows that death by suicide is nine times more common in autistic people compared to the general population. Self-harm is more common as well, which is one of the reasons that autism is sometimes misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder. It is essential that clinicians working in mental health settings are aware of the increased risk of self/suicide in autistic patients, and be able to effectively manage risk.

The course will cover all of the essential and up-to-date information on this topic, including an overview of the latest research findings by the top UK researcher in this area, Dr Sarah Cassidy from the University of Nottingham. A clinical perspective including case studies and tips for risk management in autism from Dr Conor Davidson, Clinical Lead of Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service and a personal perspective from an autistic service user with lived experience of self-harm.

After attending this course delegates will be able to:

  • Know the key facts about suicide and self-harm in autism including the latest research evidence
  • Understand how and why the risk profile in autistic people can differ from neurotypical people
  • Better assess and manage risk to self in autistic patients