March 2024, Issue 6
Your mental health Newsletter from Brighton and Hastings Therapy Centres

Our Charitable Work

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This Week

In this week's newsletter, we have cultural recommendations, mental health news from around the globe, local events and a letter from one of our new practitioners, all about neurodiversity.

This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week (18th - 24th March), an opportunity to celebrate neurodiversity and challenge misconceptions. To find out a bit more about the initiative you can visit the official website here.

It is thought that 15-20% of the UK's population is neurodivergent, that's nearly 13 million people. Neurodivergence doesn't necessarily make someone more susceptible to mental health difficulties, but a lack of support and understanding of neurodiversity can create difficulties that often see individuals seeking help.

What Does It Mean For a Therapist to Be Neurodiversity-Affirming?

Dr. Amy Marschall , an autistic clinical psychologist with ADHD, outlines what she defines as Neurodiversity-affirming therapy here.

The SquarePeg Podcast

Hosted by Amy Richards, this podcasts invites autistic women and nonbinary people to explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes. Listen here.

The Calendar

Brighton and Hove

NeuroHikes: Devil's Dyke
NeuroHikes is a hiking group for neurodivergent adults in Sussex who want to get out in to nature with like-minded people. This Saturday, they're hiking around Devil's Dyke, so why not join them?
Saturday 23rd March 2024, 11am.
The Devil's Dyke Country Pub, Brighton, BN1 8YJ.
Click here for more information!
ADHD and Women: Misunderstood, Misdiagnosed & Moving Forward FOr Change
Join Seed Talks in exploring the nuances of how ADHD presents itself differently within women, and tips on how to manage your neurodiversity.
From 2019 to 2021, there was a 3200% increase in women who took online ADHD tests. The condition presents differently in girls and women, and as a result often flies under the radar - with only 1 girl being diagnosed for every 10 boys. This talk will explore how females with ADHD are missed, misdiagnosed and misunderstood.
Wednesday 17th April 2024, 7pm.
Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD.
Click here for more information and tickets!


Polari on Sea
London's award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon returns to Hastings. Hosted by local author Paul Burston with special guests.
Thursday 21st March 2024, 7pm.
The Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings, TN34 1HA
Click here for more information and tickets!
Project Art Works
Project Art Works is an organisation that collaborates with people with complex support needs, families and circles of support. Their programmes involve creative practice and awareness raising in the cultural and care sectors – promoting more diverse representation of neurodiverse artists and makers, and those who care for them.
They currently have a number of exhibitions featuring work from neurodiverse artists in and around Hastings, so click here for more information on when and where to find them.

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A Few Words: From Therapist Liz Michael

Diversity Belongs to Us All

When we are outside a generally accepted norm, we can be made to feel all wrong by others around us. Being neurodivergent is one way in which this can happen. This can be compounded by a rarity of positive portrayals of neurodiversity in the media.

But what do we mean by neurodiversity? Surely diversity belongs to us all. We all have our own unique way of communicating and relating with others, our own environmental and sensory preferences. If you are different to me, then I am different to you! The difference is in the relationship between us and does not belong solely to either one of us.

Sadly, however, this is not how neurodiversity tends to be viewed. Those who identify as neurodivergent, or who have that identity placed on them by others, are the ones who are very often asked to shoulder the burden that comes with difference. That means that neurodivergent folk are left to do the emotional grunt work of adopting communication styles that are not innate to them, masking the anxiety that this creates, tolerating environments that are stressful, and paying the tiredness price that comes with that effort.
Therapy is a place where the difficulties that you have encountered through others’ response to your neurodiversity can be acknowledged and understood. But more than that, therapy can provide a place for you to experience something different. A place where how you are is accepted as just one of the many ways that humans can show up in the world. Therapy can provide a relationship which allows you to experience yourself as (more than) ok, and to explore the richness that being you, as you are, brings.

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