Intellectual Disability and Suicide Risk: An Exploratory Discussion
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.