Intellectual Disability and Suicide Risk: An Exploratory Discussion

Tony Salvatore, Jerrod Brown, Deb Huntley, Trisha Kivisalu, Cheryl Arndt


Suicide risk, ideation, and behavior in adults with intellectual disability are explored from a suicide prevention perspective. Growing research literature on suicidality in adults with mild intellectual disability is reviewed. Chronic suicidality and contingent suicide threats are introduced to aid in understanding suicidal behavior within this population who may have no intent to die. Recommendations are provided for suicide prevention efforts specifically for those within this at-risk population. Areas for further research are identified.

Keywords: Intellectual Disability, prevention, suicide, theories

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