The title of this post, “Want to commit suicide because of my son’s autism” is a keyword search that led someone to my blog this morning. My heart dropped when I saw this. The person did not leave a comment, I wish she had. (I don’t know if it was a he or she, but I’m going to use she to make writing this easier). The thought that someone is thinking about doing this is scary. I pray that the commit suicide search on the internet is her way of reaching out for some kind of help. I know how isolating having a child with autism can be. For some, reaching out online is the only thing they can do. This post is a message to that person.
My Response to Who Searched on Commit Suicide Because of Autism Son
I know it can be tough raising an autistic child. I know that there are times when you feel overwhelmed, and alone. I know how everyday can feel like a battle, and that there are times when you don’t think you can go on. I’ve been there. What gets me through is a strong support system of family and friends that I have developed over time. It hasn’t been easy. Most of my family doesn’t understand what I am going through, but they are there when I am at my wits ends. I also have respite care for my son. I make use of it when I need to. I also have, and this is the most important thing, a strong and supportive husband. I know that this isn’t the case in a lot of families raising an autistic child. The divorce rate in special needs families are high. You are not the first person to come to my blog using commit suicide in their search phrase. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that feel like they want to commit suicide because their child is autistic.
I’d like to offer you advice on where to go for help, but it’s difficult without knowing your situation. There are online support groups for parents of autistic children. They have helped me a lot. Are you a member of any? Have you reached out to them? Is your family receiving services for your child? Do you have a case manager for those services that you can talk to? Your case manager can put you in touch with someone to help you. You can also talk to your doctor, or even your child’s doctor, for a referral.
Please, get help. Suicide isn’t the solution.
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#AutismSuicide Blogger Post Links:
Life With Aspergers: Response to Want to Commit Suicide
Homeschool and Etc. Committing Suicide Because of Son’s Autism
Update: Posted in comments. I think it’s a great idea. Who wants to join us?
I plan to post on this later today but I’d really like to see other people post about this too. Lets show that we can support the carers as well as the people with autism.
Any takers?? Maybe if we can post and reply in the comments here and also tweet using #AutismSuicide ??
LEAVE the link to your post in COMMENTS, and I’ll add it up here. Let’s all come together on this. We can Tweet each other’s post using hashtag #AutismSuicide. If we get a lot of people wanting to do this, we can schedule one day to take over Twitter with the hashtag #AutismSuicide and really get our message out there.