Stakeholder Perspectives on Risk factors and Opportunities for Suicide prevention among individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

The Problem: Mental health concerns for individuals with FASD can contribute to a risk for suicide in this population. Few studies address this topic of FASD and suicide in the literature. Mela (2021) identified the concern that suicide risk is higher for those with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) due to experiencing higher rates of adverse childhood experiences (ACES), and highlights the need exists for FASD informed interventions. This research was underpinned by the Alberta Youth Suicide Intervention Strategy – Building Strength, Inspiring Hope Report (2019) – a plan for youth suicide prevention. Individuals living with FASD, a lifelong disabling condition experience higher risk of suicide than the general population.

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