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From Hurt to Hope
Stories of mental health, mental illness and being autistic
Edited by: Mair Elliott Contributions by: Yenn Purkis Contributions by: Suzy Rowland Contributions by: Emma Cobb Contributions by: Emma Wishart Contributions by: Paul Statham Contributions by: Robert Joyce Contributions by: Casey Chonily Contributions by: Jessica White Contributions by: Morénike Giwa Onaiwu Contributions by: Nura Aabe
9781787755857 Paperback , Trade English General/trade Dec 21, 2021
$26.95 CAD
Forthcoming 152 x 229 mm | 41 gr 240 pages Jessica Kingsley Publishers
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs
Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome|Coping with anxiety and phobias
Collected essays from autistic people who have overcome a range of mental health issues. At turns heart-breaking, enlightening, frank and inspiring.

Almost 80% of autistic people have a co-occurring mental health condition, and this powerful book puts their voices front and center, showcasing the human experience beyond the medicalized language and diagnoses. This poignant essay collection shines a light on voices that often go unheard in our society. Covering a range of experiences from multiple ages, genders and backgrounds, discussions include trauma, relationships, masking, healthcare, intersectionality and more.

The essays are structured along the topics of hurt (personal experiences and how they shaped the contributor), help (the tools and tips which have helped on their personal journeys), and hope (looking forward to the future). At times touching, humorous, and also enraging, this book offers a frank and honest depiction of the challenges autistic people face and the knock-on effect on their mental health. A challenge to change how our society treats and values one another.

Market size: 80% of autistic people also have a diagnosis of a mental health condition

Representation: Showcases a diverse range of voices that usually go unheard in wider society, including those in the UK, US, Australia and Spain

Empathy: It emphasises the human nuances of their experiences, to counter the dominant clinical view of autism

Takeaway strategies: Provides the reader with useful tools to aid their recovery journeys and offers a positive outlook on the future

Mair Elliott is a young patient activist working as a self-employed consultant and with various third sector/public organizations to improve awareness of mental health and autism. She was diagnosed at 15 with autism after having entered the psychiatric system due to mental health difficulties.

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