People with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) face complex challenges. When unsupported, many individuals with FASD face challenges with mental health and substance use. One of the most concerning potential outcomes in this population is the risk of suicide.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada continues to ignore individuals with FASD
New suicide fact sheets have just been released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) that focus on suicide prevention among groups who may be at increased risk. But a group of individuals at extraordinarily high risk of suicide is missing from the conversation: those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Caregivers’ voices needed for Alberta study on FASD and suicide prevention
Rates of mental health challenges and suicide are disproportionately high for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Researchers from the University of Calgary are working on a new project to understand the risk factors and opportunities for suicide prevention among youth with FASD.
Let’s Talk About FASD and Mental Health
These numbers show that mental health is an extremely important consideration when discussing the needs, supports, and resources of individuals with FASD. Screening for mental illness early in the lives of individuals with FASD can be an important strategy to early identification and treatment.