Putting developmental disability on the suicide prevention agenda.
Developmental disability encompasses a diverse range of conditions. This population is vulnerable to physiological, psychological, social, economic, and environmental correlates associated with suicide risk (Lunsky, 2004), and individuals with developmental disabilities die by suicide and manifest suicidal behaviors (Lunsky, 2004; Merrick et al., 2005). However,given their proximity to families, caregivers, and providers, suicide should be a Ònever eventÓ (National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, 2011) among persons with developmental disability.
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