Welcome to the first edition of A Hopeful Space’s revamped monthly newsletter! 

After the hiatus I wanted to revisit the frequency I do these newsletters, so that I can guarantee the quality and regularity of them. Thank you again for being a subscriber! 

This month is ADHD awareness month, so on top of the regular recommendations, each of the sections will also include a helpful resource on the topic of ADHD. You will also see this topic frequently in the Instagram content that will be shared this month.

As always, if you have any recommendations or feedback, feel free to reach out to me hereI hope you enjoy the content of this month!

Books of the Month

The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté:

“In his new masterpiece, renowned physician, addiction expert and author Gabor Maté dissects the underlying causes of this malaise – physical and emotional, and connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living.”

It’s amazing how easy it is to read when you think how much information is packed into this one book. The combination of real life stories combined with the wisdow and experience of Gabor gives you a very compelling read.

The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD by Lidia Zylowska:

The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD offers an 8-step program that teaches simple yet powerful mindfulness practices, adapted for those struggling with ADHD. Practices include sitting meditation, body awareness, mindful speaking and listening, self-acceptance, and more. Throughout the book are short vignettes and examples of adults with ADHD demonstrating how mindful awareness can be used to manage typical ADHD-related challenges.

Podcasts of the Week

“Sleep with me” by Drew Ackerman:

Born out of Drew’s childhood insomnia, Sleep With Me was inspired by late-night comedy radio, which was the only thing that helped him fall asleep. Created in 2013, Sleep With Me combines the pain of insomnia with the relief of laughing and turns it into a unique storytelling podcast. Drew’s stories on the show are inspired by his childhood as the oldest of six children and past jobs as a fuzzy dice and iron-on patch salesperson, fruit fly monitor for the State of California, and librarian for one of the largest jails in the country. Through Sleep With Me, Drew has dedicated himself to help those who feel alone in the deep dark night and just need someone to tell them a bedtime story.

“Faster Than Normal” by Peter Shankman:

Faster Than Normal is a podcast that celebrates the power of having a faster than normal brain. It is hosted by Peter Shankman, a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and speaker who has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The podcast features interviews with successful people who have harnessed their creativity, energy, and focus to achieve great things in various fields. The podcast aims to show that having a different brain is not a disability, but a gift that can be used to change the world.

News of the Month

“What Will the Future of Mental Health Care Bring” by Very Well Mind:

The article discusses the current and future trends in mental health care, especially in light of the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores how therapy has shifted to online platforms, how virtual reality and artificial intelligence can enhance treatment, how genetic testing and brain imaging can personalize interventions, and how social media and digital communities can foster support and awareness.

“Fact or Myth” by ADDitude Magazine

This ADHD Awareness Month, ADDitude is celebrating its 25th anniversary and reflecting on the evolution of ADHD understanding. They compare common myths or misperceptions about ADHD 25 years ago vs. now to see what has changed — and what has not.

Site Updates

Suicide Awareness Module

September was Suicide Awareness Month and this meant a big module update for the A Hopeful Space website. You’ll find the following inside:

What are suicidal thoughts?:
Easy to understand information about suicidal thoughts, how to recognise early symptoms and debunking some of the myths surrounding them.

How can I help myself?
Practical and actionable strategies that will help you make a start on managing these thoughts.

How can I help others?
We go through an example conversation and take the learning from that to come up with easy to follow guidelines when you feel someone is struggling and want to help them to reach out for support.

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