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The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum
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Introduction. 1. Diagnosis. 2. Anxiety Disorders. 3. Depression. 4. Self-harm. 5. Suicidal thoughts. 6. Psychosis. 7. Communication problems. 8. Stigma and discrimination. 9. Family incidence of autism and mental illness. 10. Strategies to aid sleep. 11. The value of pets. 12. Mindfulness. 13. Psychotherapy. 14. Medication. 15. Crisis measures. 16. Self-esteem and self-confidence. 17. Resilience. 18. Summary of strategies to maintain mental health. 19. Resources.

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A self-help resource with practical strategies to support the mental wellbeing of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and mental illness

About the Author

Yenn Purkis is an autistic and non-binary advocate, author and presenter. Yenn has a Masters degree in Fine Art from RMIT University. Yenn has given a presentation for TEDx Canberra and has been a frequent keynote presenter at autism and disability events for several years. Yenn has a number of awards, including the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year award and a number of other awards for community leadership including being nominated for the Australian of the Year award in 2017. Yenn has worked full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. They have facilitated a support group for autistic women and gender diverse folks in Canberra since 2011. Yenn has featured in media interviews for many years and was one of four autistic adults featured in the ABC TV documentary Alone in a Crowded Room. Yenn lives in Canberra, Australia. Emma Goodall, PhD, is a Senior Autism Advisor in South Australia and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) as well as an executive committee member for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN Aus/NZ). Emma has volunteered for an HIV support service, was married and divorced by the age of 22 and has a range of friends across all genders and with a variety of sexualities. As an educator, she understands the damage that bad information can cause in relation to being able to live happily and enjoy one's sexuality. Emma lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with her partner. Dr Wenn B. Lawson PhD, CPsychol is a lecturer and author. Since being diagnosed with autism in 1994, Wenn is passionately committed to campaigning for the rights of people on the autism spectrum. In 2008 Wenn was awarded fourth place in the 'Victorian Australian of the Year' awards.

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This book is more than just another resource tool for those of us living with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). It is a guide book for all those bumps in the road that offer a variety of options and confuse us or catch us unawares. It takes our mental health threats and draws a map to aid navigation around or through these. Its clear and concise explanations plus practical application make it a must have for anyone living with and supporting ASC individuals. -- from the foreword by Wenn Lawson, PhD, CPsychol, lecturer, and author of Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions
This guide lives up to my high expectations and the authors' wisdom continues to guide my practice and challenge what I understand about autism. In my opinion, this is an essential resource for not only the person affected but also the people in their lives. -- from the foreword by Kirsty Dempster-Rivett, MSocSci PGDip Psych (Clin.)
This book provides a treasure trove of information for people on the autism spectrum who face a range of mental health issues. It is accessible in terms of ease of reading, provides useful information regarding interventions, strategies, peer mentoring and self-management. It is an important addition to the field and provides a positive focus on this critical topic. -- Professor Sylvia Rodger AM, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland
For individuals with autism and mental health conditions, this self-help book empowers the reader with the information necessary to improve their lives. This book also needs to be read by neurotypicals for the exceptional insight into the autistic mind. I especially liked the thorough information regarding the importance of pets as therapy. This is a MUST READ! -- Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Autism Advocate, Author, Speaker, Diagnosed with Asperger's at age 50
Finally, a much needed contribution to the literature on autism and mental health. Incredibly readable, this is a self-help book for adults across the spectrum to understand, manage and improve their mental health. A practical resource, dense with information and strategies, it covers many aspects of mental health, all of which are woven into the rich tapestry of the author's personal experience. The stories shared give this book another dimension by providing valuable insights into supporting those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), making it an essential companion for families, friends and mental health professionals. -- Gillian Chappe de Leonval,Family Support Advisor, Autism Asperger ACT

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