Anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts. These are problems that often affect people on the autism spectrum. Every day thousands of them face lack of acceptance, understanding, unfavorable comments. This can lead to mental crises, and eventually to suicidal thoughts.
February 23 is World Depression Day. On this day we will talk about the problem of depression of autistic people. The mental crises of people on the autism spectrum are discussed, among other things, in the scientific article "Suicidal thoughts and suicide plans or attempts in adults with Asperger's syndrome..." ("Suicidal ideation and suicide plans or attempts in adults with Asperger's syndrome...") published in the journal The Lancet. In it, we can read that 66% of people on the autism spectrum have or have had suicidal thoughts. And in the article "People with autism run a higher risk of premature death" ("People with autism run a higher risk of premature death") by Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, we read that there is a clear link between ASD and an increased risk of suicide. This is important data, which is why we need to talk about it all the more. Why should we?
Talking about depression saves lives. A person who has anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts thanks to this can realize it and ask for help. Knowing the problem, her environment can also see it and offer for help.
Therefore, this topic must not be kept silent, treated as something embarrassing, inconvenient. The WHO campaign "Let's talk about depression" ("Let's talk about depression") also talks about this.
Many people may not realize that the condition they are in is depression. They feel bad, experience a huge crisis and, together with their loved ones, do not even know that they need urgent help. This help is essential to prevent the mental crisis from ending in tragedy.
The JiM Foundation helps children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum every day. We operate the TeleJiM help line (789 288 996), where people in crisis can get support. We provide diagnosis and therapy at the JiM Clinic, which help people better adapt, find their way in society, understand themselves. They help to live better. Finally, we educate about autism to combat the stigma of people on the spectrum. All this is possible thanks to the support of our donors. We sincerely thank each and every one of them.
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