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Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum

by Jeanette Purkis, Emma Goodall and Jane Nugent Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 272 pages
AU$39.99 NZ$41.73
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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.


Filled with strategies and advice, this empowering guide presents practical ways to improve the mental wellbeing of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


This helpful guide focuses on the specific difficulties that can arise when you have ASD and comorbid mental illness. The book includes information on common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, as well as strategies for improving sleep patterns and mindfulness. Providing guidance on the benefits and drawbacks of therapy pets, medication, and psychotherapy, the authors offer balanced perspectives on treatment options and introduce self-help strategies tailored to meet your needs and improve your mental wellbeing. A number of short personal narratives from people who have ASD and mental health issues illustrate the text.


The book also includes a list of resources, books and organisations that can provide further support and inspiration.


Market: People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), people with ASD who also have a comorbid mental illness, family members of individuals with ASD and clinicians and other professionals who work with people who have ASD.




1. Diagnosis.

2. Anxiety Disorders.

3. Depression.

4. Self-harm.

5. Suicidal thoughts.

6. Psychosis.

7. Communication


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.

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.
Jeanette Purkis is an autistic and non-binary advocate, speaker and mentor. Jeanette is the author of five books on elements of autism and is a regular blogger. Jeanette presented for TEDx Canberra in 2013 on the topic of autism and resilience and has been a keynote speaker at a number of events including the 2017 Asia Pacific Autism Conference and both the 2018 and the 2017 Autism@Work conferences.

Jeanette has worked in the Australian Public Service since 2007. They have facilitated a support group for autistic women in Canberra since 2011 and host a regular online radio program called Jeanette’s Autism Show.

Jeanette is highly visible in the autism community. They were named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year. Jeanette was also a finalist in the 2017 ACT Woman of the Year award. Jeanette has received several awards for leadership. Jeanette featured in the ABC documentary Alone in a Crowded Room.


Dr Emma Goodall has Asperger's syndrome and has had professional experience of mental health services. She has a PhD in the area of education and the autism spectrum and is the author of a text book for teaching AS children. Emma 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 (ASAN) of Australia and New Zealand.


Dr Jane Nugent is a Psychiatric Career Medical Officer with General Practitioner training. She has a special interest in mental health and a passion for psychopharmacology. She has a talent for taking highly technical information and making it accessible to non-specialists. Jane has been involved in pharmacology teaching for a variety of New Zealand and Australian institutions since 1997.