Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Teal Benevides and Lisa Morgan
Length: 1 hour 3 minutes
Mental Health Priorities and Suicide Prevention: Addressing Needs of Autistic Adults
UNDERSTANDING WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE RISK ADAPTED FOR AUTISTIC ADULTS
These resources were developed by Lisa Morgan in collaboration with the Autism and Suicide committee of the American Association of Suicidology.
- Crisis Supports for the Autism Community (also developed with Common Ground) is a guidebook for crisis center workers, providing information to aid them in identifying and supporting autistic callers / texters who are in crisis.
- Autism Resource for Warning Signs of Suicide: Considerations for the Autism Community (also developed with Brenna Maddox) is an examination of suicide warning signs as they apply to autistic individuals.
Lisa Morgan M.Ed. CAS is the co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee of the American Association of Suicidology. She has a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching in Special Education, is a certified autism specialist, and owner of Lisa Morgan Consulting LLC. Lisa is the author of three books and two autism resources for crisis support in the autism community. Lisa is a Community Council member of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together).
Teal W. Benevides, PhD, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist, researcher, wife, and mother. Currently, she serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University. Teal is committed to fostering access to services and supports for individuals on the autism spectrum. In this collaborative work with autistic partners, Teal aims to identify ways for individuals to achieve better health outcomes and be able to participate in meaningful life activities. Teal co-leads the Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engage Together (AASET) project with Dr. Stephen Shore and a talented Community Council.