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Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Our ‘difference’ IS our Strength!

Posted by on 11 Apr, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Our ‘difference’ IS our Strength!

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Our ‘difference’ IS our Strength!

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Our ‘difference’ IS our Strength! Does your workplace know how to support its neurodivergent employees? Is your workplace neuroinclusive? Just as nature needs biodiversity, the world and workplaces need neurodiversity – the range and richness of all neurotypes (brain types) coming together for the greatest benefit. In the workplace neurodiversity allows for innovation, increased creativity, new and different approaches to problem solving, and the maximum potential that comes with having a neurodiverse...

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Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Posted by on 3 Mar, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Like Jane McNeice, I too discovered myself as Autistic in 2021. I did what Autistic people do; became obsessed with the stories of my late identified neurokin, especially the women, and the academic research behind our differences. Jane’s was a story I identified with closely, helped me feel less alone and strengthened my resolve to do my little bit to help find other ‘lost girls’ too. Jane’s new book extends beyond the journey toward identification as autistic; giving us a guided tour of her autistic mind and demonstrates its potential; it’s...

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What is Social Anxiety Disorder

Posted by on 26 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on What is Social Anxiety Disorder

What is Social Anxiety Disorder

About 8 million people in the UK and 15 million Americans have social anxiety disorder, otherwise known as social phobia. If you’re one of them, your treatment options include therapy, medications, mindfulness training, exercise, and more. Getting treatment is critical, as social anxiety disorder won’t go away by itself. The help you get now could allow you to interact with others without crippling anxiety. And some of these therapies could improve your physical health too. What Is Social Anxiety Disorder? Few people enjoy climbing up on a...

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Car Accidents & Trauma

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Car Accidents & Trauma

Car Accidents & Trauma

The Hidden Repercussions Mental trauma after an accident can severely limit your ability to resume regular activities. It is normal to experience distress after a car accident, but treatment may be necessary if it is prolonged and interferes with daily functioning. The right support makes recovery from emotional trauma after a car accident attainable. During a car accident, a series of events can unfold that can cause lasting emotional trauma, including life-altering injuries, the threat of death, and the death of someone else. Emotional...

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“I would like you to assess me for OCPD please. I think I have OCPD” by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on “I would like you to assess me for OCPD please. I think I have OCPD” by Jane McNeice

“I would like you to assess me for OCPD please. I think I have OCPD” by Jane McNeice

One year before my Autism diagnosis (and prior self-identification), I thought I had OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder), so I went to see a private psychiatrist. Because of the high levels of stigma surrounding Personality Disorders, most people do not seek them out. They are given. The fact that I was doing so illustrated just how much I needed my truth, whatever that truth turned out to be. I was clinically assessed over a number of weeks. The conclusion… a reaffirmation of a previous Generalised Anxiety Disorder diagnosis...

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Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

I was diagnosed Autistic with suspected Dyscalculia at age 45 in 2021, then my 26 year old daughter two months later, then my 8 year old son three months after that. All of us were missed by well over 100 health, social care, and educational professionals who had the chance first. My daughter was pregnant at age 15 (imagine how many ‘professionals’ move in on a family at that point!). I self-identified in the end, then parent-identified my children before assessment. I wrote our story down. Why? Because the system is incapable of finding us...

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My Difference was my Strength all Along, By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 11 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on My Difference was my Strength all Along, By Jane McNeice

My Difference was my Strength all Along, By Jane McNeice

Mum-of-three, and grandmother of four, social entrepreneur, Jane McNeice shares her life changing diagnosis that took her from feeling broken, to the knowledge that she was different to the recognition that her difference was her strength all along! At age 45 Jane McNeice learned she is Autistic. Her memoir and debut book The Umbrella Picker documents her journey to finding her neurological truth (which was self-identified), through to accessing a formal diagnosis a year later and the journey that followed. Jane’s second book (launched on...

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Neurodivergence, suicide, & bereavement by suicide, by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 30 Jan, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Neurodivergence, suicide, & bereavement by suicide, by Jane McNeice

Neurodivergence, suicide, & bereavement by suicide, by Jane McNeice

Firstly, I would like to put a question to readers… If you have lost someone close to you to suicide – a close friend or family member – have you explored the possibility that you and they could be (or were) neurodivergent? In particular, ADHD, Autistic, or both – AuDHD?  Maybe you have, and maybe you or they, or both, identify(ied) as being neurodivergent or have a diagnosis of a neurodivergent condition. Or maybe you haven’t. I am referring to an extensive list of neurodivergent neurotypes, including Autism, ADHD, developmental...

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“You’ll need to grow a thicker skin!” by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Jan, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on “You’ll need to grow a thicker skin!” by Jane McNeice

“You’ll need to grow a thicker skin!” by Jane McNeice

“You’ll need to grow a thicker skin!” I half wondered what the senior colleague was saying at the time, my highly visual brain dragging me to a literal vision of thickening skin tissue. Eventually, I understood it to be that I needed to toughen up, not cry to the point of inconsolability, and to have some control. It was 1995, I was 19. I had a 20-week-old baby at home, an extremely low mood, and I had started a new job 12 weeks earlier due to a lack of understanding of my maternity rights and needing to find a more local job and secure...

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Rail industry worker saves 29 lives from suicide and is awarded an MBE!

Posted by on 14 Jan, 2024 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Rail industry worker saves 29 lives from suicide and is awarded an MBE!

Rail industry worker saves 29 lives from suicide and is awarded an MBE!

Today I read a wonderful post about a rail industry worker, Rizwan Javed, honoured in the NY honours list for his saving of 29 lives from suicide. It is fabulous to see Rizwan has been recognised for what he has done! This serves as a valuable reminder that suicide intervention training saves lives! We hear so much about the lives lost to suicide, but if we are to generate more HOPE, and take up of life saving intervention training – people don’t take it up if they don’t have hope and a belief that lives can be saved – such as...

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