Guidelines: Spiritual & Mental Health

This group focuses on spiritual and mental health issues, which also includes religion, psychology, philosophy and any other pursuit of meaning in human existence. Physical health ailments are not relevant here (unless it is a matter of the physical ailment resulting from a mental health issue) and can be discussed on Health and Biomedical Interest group instead.


Guidelines for staying on topic:

1) The topic and/or context should be about spiritual and mental health, preferably existential issues that members in the group have encountered or are likely to encounter. Since autistics and NeuroTypicals have the same issues, it is unavoidable to discuss existential issues faced by other groups of people. However, the topic should preferably first and foremost be of interest to the autistics in the group.

2) The topics discussed, where possible, are encouraged to include an element with the practical goal of bringing more meaning into the lives of autistics; this means it should generally help autistics improve their acceptance, resilience, and positivity.

3) We (autistic adults) are not interested to be told that we should not feel anger, resentment and other negative emotions. Please contribute something constructive and authentic, such as how we use our anger positively and how we can resolve matters peacefully.

4) The topic of religion will come up. It is fine to profess your faith, to describe the miracles you experienced and how that has helped you. Do note that members of other religions, including atheism, are also in the group. Their experiences are as equally valid as yours. Avoid saying anything that makes them uncomfortable and remain respectful of their beliefs.

5) This is not a group for soliciting or recruiting followers, meaning that you should avoid promoting your worship group or faith here. You are welcome to reach out privately to those who need spiritual guidance, but do respect them if they say ‘no’. However, if you are organising religious events that cater specifically for autistics and those with special needs, you are welcome to share about these here.

6) This group is not meant to help those with serious mental or spiritual health issues; please contact a mental health professional or religious worker instead. If you need IMMEDIATE attention due to a mental health crisis, please call a 24/7 health helpline (e.g. IMH, SOS etc.) or visit the IMH 24/7 Emergency department

Participants are welcome to share their experiences when it is relevant to do so. Where possible (though not a must), you can help enhance the quality of the discussion by sharing something that you don’t usually hear from other works on autism or something that gives a twist to the ordinary.

If you must share a long essay or article, please upload it on a blog, website, Google Drive or other online services first, then share the link for us to read at our leisure.