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Event 13: Neurodivergence isn't a Mental Health Problem

90 minutes

Wednesday, 20 March 2024

14:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Registration has closed for this event!

About the event

Thank you for your interest in this event. This event has now taken place, and though registrations are closed, if you would like to watch the recording then you can access it here (along with the other NCW 2024 event recordings!). We hope you enjoy.

For too many years, neurodivergence has gone hand in hand with ideas of deficit and disadvantage, particularly when it comes to mental health. It is true that many neurodivergent people do have co-occurring mental health problems. However, these may be caused by the factors that often exist alongside neurodivergence – such as stigma, lack of acceptance, lack of accommodation, meeting societal expectations and so on.  


Please join us for this discussion about neurodivergence and mental health, during which we will explore: 

  • The causes of mental health problems in neurodivergent people 

  • How we – as individuals and collectively – can support mental wellbeing  

  • What a mentally healthy world might look like for neurodivergent people 


You’ll learn more about mental health issues in neurodivergence as well as creating some hopeful goals to promote emotional wellbeing.

This is a free online event via Zoom.

Dr Emma Svanberg | Event Chair

Clinical Psychologist and author

Dr Emma Svanberg is an award winning Clinical Psychologist, author of Parenting For Humans (Vermilion, 2 March 2023) founder of The Psychology Co-operative and co-founder of Make Birth Better CIC. Emma also facilitates a parenting community on Facebook called The Village – A Parenting Community For Humans.

Catherine Asta

Founder & Podcast Host The Late Discovered Club

Catherine is a Therapist, Writer, Podcaster and Storyteller.

Founder of The Late Discovered Club Podcast and community giving late discovered autistic women and marginalized genders a voice, helping to deconstruct stereotypes and giving the next generation visibility – ranked by Feedspot as the number one ‘Best Female Autism Podcasts’ in the world in 2023.

A trainer on the groundbreaking NHS National Autism Programme. Her book ‘Rediscovered’ – A Self-Affirming, Compassionate Guide for Late Discovered Autistic Women will be published by JKP later in 2024.

Recognised as a Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Woman 2023, and Advocate for change in Gender Equality 2023.

Dr Emma Offord

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Emma Offord is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in neurodivergence. She is the founder of Divergent Life, a neuroaffirming assessment, therapy and coaching service. Emma also specialises in trauma, OCD, giftedness and sensory differences. She is passionate about the neurodiversity movement, developing more empowered ways to think about neurodivergence and providing creative and somatic forms of therapy for the neurodivergent community.

Dr Luke Beardon

Senior Lecturer in Autism

I am an author of six books on autism (which reminds me I need to write the next one) and am currently working at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University. I am the Course Leader for the Post Graduate Certificate in Autism, teach on our Autism Masters, and am Director of Studies for several autistic Doctoral students. I am obsessed with all things autism-related and feel absolutely honoured to Have so many autistic individuals share their experiences with me. Very recently a horse came to retire in my field, she is called Hello Lovely.

Ben Branson


Autistic Inventor Ben Branson pioneered creating the non-alcoholic category with Seedlip, the world’s first & best selling distilled nonalcoholic spirit. The category is now worth $13bn+. Ben has just launched Pollen Projects an independent, first of its kind venture studio dedicated to the moderation movement and released his first project, seasn - the salt & pepper for drinks.

Ben is also the founder of neurodivergence charity PRISM ND and hosts their podcast The Hidden 20%.

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