Life Lived Well as a Non-binary and Autistic Mental Health Advocate
Finding a Place of Hope
Author(s): Yenn Purkis

Consider how a life can be hopeful and well-lived while living with Autism and mental illness

 Publication Date  Available in all formats
ISBN 9781915271297
  Pages 228





What might it look like for an Autistic, non-binary person who lives with mental illness to live well and with hope?

In this book, author and advocate Yenn Purkis reflects on their experiences of life as an Autistic non-binary person who has a diagnosis of atypical schizophrenia. Exploring the intersecting areas of mental health and illness, neurodivergence and neurodiversity, and gender non-conformity, the narrative follows Yenn through experiences of incarceration, psychosis, employment, therapy both helpful and not, medication, diagnosis, stigma and anxiety.

Illuminating reading for students of disability studies, Autism studies, queer studies, and related social sciences, this book will also bring important perspective to those in practice and in training: doctors, psychiatrists, policy makers, teachers, and social workers. Yenn will describe a life well-lived, with and alongside Autism and mental illness, that will provide a vital perspective to anyone studying or working people who share these social identities.

Chapter 1: What is Autism?
Chapter 2: Mental health
Chapter 3: Anxiety
Chapter 4: Depression and other mood issues
Chapter 5: Psychosis
Chapter 6: Self- harm
Chapter 7: Suicide
Chapter 8: Medication
Chapter 9: Alexithymia and interoception
Chapter 10: Psychiatric hospital
Chapter 11: Diagnosis and misdiagnosis
Chapter 12: Attitudes and stigma about Autism and mental illness
Chapter 13: Intersectionality and privilege
Chapter 14: The impact of clinicians
Chapter 15: Advocacy and activism
Chapter 16: Engaging in education and employment
Chapter 17: Pride and empowerment
Chapter 18: Acceptance and denial
Recommended further reading and helpful resources

Yenn Purkis (they/them) is an author, public servant and passionate advocate for Autistic people and their families. Living with diagnoses of Autism, ADHD and atypical schizophrenia, Yenn is a frequent speaker on the topic of mental health, and facilitates a support group for Autistic women and non-binary people. They have a number of awards for their work, including the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year and the 2019 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award.

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