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University of British Columbia Press

From Hurt to Hope
Stories of mental health, mental illness and being autistic
Edited by: Mair Elliott
9781787755857 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs Dec 21, 2021
$26.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 in | 1 gr 240 pages Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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.

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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