This is a talk I gave at the Meetup Tester Gathering in Liverpool and Barcamp and Oggcamp in Manchester. I am giving a longer version at the Ministry of Testing meetup. Here you can find all the sources and resources I used to prepare it, mental health help, and the list of people who helped me.
If you’d like to book me for your event, or you want to have a chat about what I can do for you, please drop me an email.
Facts and figures
15-20% of people are neurodivergent – cited in this HOK article.
Two-thirds of people with ADHD have co-occurring conditions – CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Infographic on co-occurring conditions.
Autistics are 9 times more likely to die by suicide and autistic kids are 28 times more likely to think about or attempt suicide. Autistica
Total suicide figures (for comparison) can be found from the Samaritans.
Autistics are 5 or 7 times more likely to die by suicide in the US and Sweden, respectively. IAN community.
75% of autistics are bullied at school (this rises to 82% of high-functioning autistics) Anti-bullying alliance [pdf]. Rates of bullying for all kids can be found in this UK government report on bullying [pdf].
Black autistic kids are more likely to be diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children
Half of autistics suffer from depression (and it’s more common in clever autistics, whereas in the general population it’s more common amongst those with a lower IQ). Prevalence of Depressive Disorders in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Meta-Analysis
Unemployment [amongst neurodivergents] runs as high as 80% (this figure includes people with more severe disorders, who are not candidates for neurodiversity programmes). Harvard Business Review
Preliminary results suggest that Australia’s Department of Human Services’ neurodiverse testing teams are 30% more productive than the others. Harvard Business Review
Self-care map for you to download, print and fill in [PDF]
A range of worksheets that I have produced for my clients
Mental health help
If you need help with your mental health, your GP is a good place to start. They can refer you to both private and NHS services, plus with the NHS there is a good level of quality control. There are also these services:
Self Help Services (Manchester)
If you want to go private, and are looking at CBT therapy (there’s a lot of evidence that it works), make sure your therapist is on The CBT Register.
If you want to try mindfulness (I have found it very helpful), make sure your teacher is registered with this organisation.
Special thanks to:
My amazing client Iris, who inspired the “labels” theme of this talk (name used with permission).
Siena Castellon for sourcing the bullying and suicide stats at my request.
Samantha Crowe of Make it Be PR
Ellie Kortland of The Mindful Smile Company, who provided the links to the above registries.