Kant reed or spl gud, dnt wanta live: youth, learning disabilities and suicide.
A body of research and clinical reports over the years suggest that youth with learning disabilities constitute a high-risk group for suicidal behaviour. The support for this statement comes from two sources: 1) a lifetime of frustration due to poor academic achievement and social difficulties and 2) additional vulnerabilities associated with learning disabilities such as attention deficit disorders, depression and anxiety. The objectives of this workshop are as follows:1. Review of learning disabilities and associated syndromes.2. Mechanisms for predisposition towards suicidal behaviour. 3.Identification, assessment and treatment issues.