A late diagnosis of autism can be affirming as well as confusing. Is it important to go through a formal autism assessment? Do the opinions of other people matter? What does self-diagnosis mean?
When someone’s mental illness is so severe that suicide feels like the only option, they’re not being stupid, silly or selfish, the chemicals in their brain have altered such that their thoughts are no longer their own. Let me explain why some language used around suicide is unhelpful.
Talking about mental illness is still hard but is we don’t do it we’re not going to break down these barriers.