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DivergentDumpsterPhoenix

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Author of "The New Normal" and "CAMHS in Crisis", Owner of "Emergent Divergence" and DGH Neurodivergent Consultancy. Co-Host of "Especially Interesting" podcast from Aucademy. Host of "David's Divergent Discussions" podcast.

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#Autistic and #ADHD recovering from #addiction and also #Schizophrenic.

#Blogger.
#Activist.
#Advocate.

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Challenging Mental Health Awareness Week for Autistic People

Mental Health Awareness Week leaves Autistic people feeling unheard and ignored. Despite years of advocating for better mental health support, Autistic individuals still face systemic barriers. This week should be more than just raising awareness – it's time to demand systemic change and meaningful support for the Autistic community.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/05/16/challenging-mental-health-awareness-week-for-autistic-people/

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Please stop with the euphemisms. We know what we are, we don't need it explained to us. It is patronising when people try and define our identity for us.

@actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy @neurodiversity @neurodivergent

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CAMHS: The HEARTBREAKING Reality for Autistic Families

Autistic families face significant barriers when seeking support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), with only 10% of patients being Autistic despite 70% of Autistic children experiencing mental health issues. The service lacks accessibility, attentiveness, and understanding of Autistic experience...

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/05/15/camhs-the-heartbreaking-reality-for-autistic-families/

@neurodiversity @neurodivergent @actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy

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Autistic Lives Lost: Is CAMHS to Blame?

This article highlights the failure of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in providing appropriate support to Autistic children and young people, leading to devastating outcomes. The lack of resources, staff competence, and understanding of neurodivergent experiences contribute to the crisis. The system turning children away and the elevated risk of mortality among Autistic individuals are pressing concerns.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/05/13/autistic-lives-lost-is-camhs-to-blame/

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Autistic burnout: How do you recover?

Autistic burnout is a unique struggle for each individual, impacting cognitive and physical resources. Recovery involves understanding personal needs, setting protective boundaries, avoiding excessive limitations, and allowing time for focused activities. Celebrating small victories and seeking mental health support are essential. Embracing change is crucial, as recovery is attainable with the support of the Autistic community.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/05/08/autistic-burnout-how-do-you-recover/

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@alexisbushnell this is happening to a handful of people. I have scanned the site and had WordPress engineers investigate. No reason was found. Some people are finding they have better luck trying on another device.

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CAMHS and the loss of Jennifer (‘Jen’) Chalkley

The following article is a response to the findings that failures by Surrey and Borders Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) contributed to the death of a 17 yeard old Autistic and ADHD person.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/05/07/camhs-and-the-loss-of-jennifer-jen-chalkley/

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The CAMHS Reports 2024 On The Matter of Access

Is CAMHS Accessible? What do the people who have tried to access it have to say? All of this and more is answered in this article.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/04/29/the-camhs-reports-2024-on-the-matter-of-access/

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Report number 2 on CAMHS has been published. This one looks at the qualitative data and includes direct quotes on the experiences of CAMHS

https://emergentdivergence.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/CAMHS-Report-2024-2.pdf

#CAMHS #MentalHealth #healthcare #NHS #ActuallyAutistic #autism #Autistic #neurodiversity #neurodivergent

@actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy @neurodiversity

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4 ways CAMHS failed me as an autistic teen

The first report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) reveals troubling issues with understanding and supporting Autistic individuals. The author's personal experience highlights the long-winded referral system, dismissive psychiatrists, pressure for medication, and blame for school attendance issues. Despite hope for change, the CAMHS report shows ongoing challenges for Autistic people and their families.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/04/22/4-ways-camhs-failed-me-as-an-autistic-teen/

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Out of all the people who responded to the CAMHS survey, this is what was said when asked if they agreed that "CAMHS understands Autistic experiences"

Only 17.6% agreed that CAMHS understands

58.2% expressed disagreement.

The rest had a neutral opinion, which in my opinion is still not acceptable f9r a service working with such vulnerable people.

Find the full report here
https://emergentdivergence.com/camhs-crisis/#camhs-reports-2024

@neurodiversity @actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy

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Here is the download link for the first report coming from the CAMHS survey I did (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). It looked into Autistic peoples experiences of CAMHS.

It's a long report, but has some really important statistics in it

Find and download it here

https://emergentdivergence.com/camhs-crisis/#camhs-reports-2024

@neurodiversity @actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy

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Don't call yourself and ally to Autistic people if you haven't given me, an Autistic person, cake this April.

@actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy @neurodiversity

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Neuroqueer theory and what it is to be human

I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas The question of what it is to neuroqueer oneself is a question of the limits on humanity. What are the boundaries around what constitutes a human?

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/04/12/neuroqueer-theory-and-what-it-is-to-be-human/

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Autism: What CAMHS Really Say

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) fails autistic kids. Their focus on deficits, not strengths, and support of harmful therapies shows they need a radical overhaul.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/04/10/autism-what-camhs-really-say/

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Today I am 8 years Sober!

The past 8 years have not been simple. I have had to build a new life. I have spent time in institutions and been diagnosed Schizophrenic. Importantly I was also diagnosed Autistic (that will be 8 years ago next November).

@actuallyautistic @neurodiversity @autisticadvocacy

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@actuallyautistic @neurodiversity @autisticadvocacy

I couldn't have imagined that I would get 8 years into sobriety. I thought life was over. Now I am an author, an independent academic. A mentor, an independent advocate.

The most beautiful part of my life now is being a father, and the three children in my life have renewed my devotion to leaving the world a little better than I found it.

Thank you to all of you. Without my neurokin, my family and loved ones, I could not have achieved this

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Thank you all ❤️

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@mariyadelano thank you, it has been a tough road, but I feel like I'm really a lot better off for walking it ❤️

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The Internet on Autism Awareness Month and acceptance

The debate over April revolves around whether it should be "Autism Awareness Month" or "Autism Acceptance Month". Some charities focus on fundraising, while others, led by autistic individuals, prioritize amplifying their voices. The shift from awareness to acceptance is crucial in addressing discrimination and improving the quality of life for Autistic people.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/04/04/the-internet-on-autism-awareness-month-and-acceptance/

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It’s World Autism Day: CAMHS are still failing our children

World Autism Day is an opportunity for CAMHS to support the autistic community, but their efforts seem performative. Their lack of post-diagnostic support and failure to address mental health concerns in autistic children highlight significant shortcomings. It's time for World Autism Day to be a day of protest, demanding real change from CAMHS.

https://emergentdivergence.com/2024/04/02/its-world-autism-day-camhs-are-still-failing-our-children/

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@Elizabeth3 @neurodiversity @actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy It's likely because the groups that tend to push person-first language have historically been involved in eugenics and other harmful/hateful practices.

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@KitMuse @Elizabeth3 @neurodiversity @actuallyautistic @autisticadvocacy yes I think it also makes it sound like the person or object belongs elsewhere, as though we are somehow misplaced in autism.

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